Crystal Palace supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side kick off 2019 with a hard-fought victory in the Premier League.
Roy Hodgson’s men went into their encounter with newly-promoted Wolves off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea at the weekend, and thus seeking to bounce back with the victory that would put further distance between themselves and the bottom three. And the Eagles did just that as goals from Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojevic sealed a 2-0 success for the Londoners at Molineux on Wednesday, thus moving Hodgson’s men up to 14th place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Palace fans up and down the country in recent times, with defender Patrick van Aanholt one man likely to be coming in for much praise at present given his efforts for the Eagles so far this season.
The left back made the move to Selhurst Park from Sunderland back in 2017 for just £9.45 million (as per Transfermarkt) in a deal which all but relegated the Black Cats, yet Palace have since reaped the rewards from such purchase with the 28-year-old continuing to make an absolute mockery of that lowly price-tag.
Ultimately, van Aanholt began his career at Premier League giants Chelsea but, like many youngsters trying to make the grade at Stamford Bridge, he struggled for senior football in West London, eventually appearing only eight times for the Blues before making the move to Sunderland back in the summer of 2014.
And after impressing repeatedly down the left-hand-side for the Black Cats, ending up with nine goals and nine assists from his two-and-a-half seasons at the Stadium of Light, Palace sent a dagger through Sunderland’s survival hopes in January 2017 by luring him to Selhurst Park, parting with only £9.45 million.
And while Sunderland would have been grateful for the money, it did their relegation cause no good at all in eventually finishing bottom of the division that term, while van Aanholt’s new employers Palace made their way up the table, with the Dutchman’s two goals helping them along the way, to the dizzy heights of 14th under Sam Allardyce.
And the Netherlands international, capped nine times by his country over the years, has continued to go from strength to strength in becoming one of the division’s more accomplished left backs, scoring five times for the Eagles last term as they finished 11th under Hodgson, before adding two goals and two assists in all competitions this time round to further underline his attacking prowess.
Clearly, the 28-year-old is now a lynchpin in this Palace team in appearing 65 times for the club in little under two years, while his tally of nine goals in that time emphasises his adeptness as a modern-day full back – he loves to get forward and help out in attack.
And all that underlines just how much of a mockery van Aanholt is continuing to make of the lowly £9.45 million it cost Palace to sign him back in January 2017.
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