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Crystal Palace: Aaron Wan-Bissaka still has some way to go after France U21 defeat

Crystal Palace: Aaron Wan-Bissaka still has some way to go after France U21 defeat

With Manchester United having reportedly made an offer of £50m for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, you would think that the right-back is close to being the finished article.

But after a very mixed performance in England U21s’ 2-1 defeat to France, it is clear that he still has some way to go.

As ever, Wan-Bissaka was exceptional in his 1v1 duels, making more tackles (6) than anyone else on the pitch (as per WhoScored). However, going forward, the England youth international was not always the most convincing, a theme that also occurred during his 2018/19 Premier League season.

Crossing, for example, is not one of Wan-Bissaka’s greatest strengths just yet. Last term, he made 0.3 crosses per game, which pales in comparison to what the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier (both 2) averaged (also per WhoScored).

Based on that, it can be argued that Wan-Bissaka is a very good defender, but still has some work to do before he becomes the complete modern-day full-back.

Still, at 21 years of age, the Crystal Palace academy graduate has plenty of time to improve his all-round game.

And if not, considering that he pretty much has the defensive side of things on lock (averaged more tackles per game (3.7) than any other Premier League right-back), it would not be a complete catastrophe. You only have to look at someone like Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta, a full-back that has become renowned for his defensive capabilities rather than his offensive skills, and what he has gone on to achieve in the game.

Is Wan-Bissaka a £50m player? Probably not. But he is still one hell of a defender who will learn from the mistakes he made at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi.

Crystal Palace fans, just how far do you think Wan-Bissaka can go in the game? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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