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Introducing: Crystal Palace’s perfect Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacement, Reece James

Introducing: Crystal Palace’s perfect Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacement, Reece James

What a season Aaron Wan-Bissaka has had at Crystal Palace. Bar Trent Alexander-Arnold, in this moment of time, there probably is not a better right-back in the Premier League.

Bearing that in mind, it comes as no surprise that the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United are interested in the 21-year-old (Daily Mail).

With clubs of that stature circling, a big-money move for Wan-Bissaka could now be on the cards even if he insists he is content with life at Selhurst Park (Evening Standard).

And if that happens, Crystal Palace could turn to Chelsea in their bid to sign a replacement.

The Daily Mail reports that the south London club are interested in Reece James following the 19-year-old’s stunning season in the Championship with Wigan Athletic.

Given their own full-back conundrum, though, the Blues will probably want to keep hold of James for next season.

But if not, then Crystal Palace have to do everything in their power to sign the England U20 international on loan.

All things considered, he looks capable of replacing Wan-Bissaka and more.

He may not be as defensively astute as the Crystal Palace man yet, but he is still a very strong full-back for someone his age. While going forward, James is easily the superior footballer.

He can dribble and beat players like a winger, is great at retaining the ball when under pressure and has an incredible shot on him.

Because of the above, Wigan manager Paul Cook, who has tipped James for a “very strong career” (talkSPORT), often played him in midfield, deeming it as a waste to have the Chelsea academy product playing in defence.

Back to Crystal Palace and there is every chance Wan-Bissaka remains at Selhurst Park beyond the summer. But considering the interest in him, Roy Hodgson would be foolish not to draw up some contingency plans.

And among them, has to be a move for James.

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