There was a lot of excitement surrounding Frank de Boer’s appointment as Crystal Palace manager back in 2017 with supporters expecting the Dutchman to deliver an entertaining brand of football.
And that excitement only grew when the south London club managed to add Jairo Riedewald to their squad, a player de Boer knew well.
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The duo worked with each other at Ajax and, like Crystal Palace supporters, de Boer also could not hold back his delight over Riedewald’s arrival at Selhurst Park.
“Jairo Riedewald is a player I know well through my time at Ajax and I’m glad that he’s now coming to join us at Crystal Palace,” de Boer told Crystal Palace’s official club website when speaking about his new signing.
“He will be an excellent addition to our squad, Jairo is a young player but already has a lot of experience. I know he is looking forward to playing in the Premier League.”
Unfortunately for de Boer, though, and his successor Roy Hodgson, Riedewald has proven to be anything but.
Since joining the Eagles, the 22-year-old has largely been on the periphery, which is disappointing given what he can bring to a team.
Riedewald is versatile, capable of playing in defence and midfield, while technically he is also good on the ball like most Ajax youth products.
For Hodgson, however, that clearly does not seem to be enough with a move away from Selhurst Park now in Riedewald’s best interest.