Recent news has been circulating this week around a youth player at Crystal Palace, and a lot of fans are reacting following an update from journalist Matt Woosnam.
The news surrounds youth player Jaden Raymond, with recent reports from O Jogo suggesting that Portuguese side Vitória Guimarães have agreed a a three-year contract with the central midfielder. However, Woosnam, who writes for the Athletic, has provided a positive update as he writes that the club remain hopeful of keeping Raymond.
Is it crucial Palace keep hold of their youth?
The Eagles have the second oldest squad on average in the league, per 101 Great Goals, so looking towards their youth is something the club should be doing. Palace do have a strong history when it comes to developing young players, with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Moses and Nathaniel Clyne all previously coming through their academy.
With the club recently being given the green light to upgrade their facilities, they will hopefully be able to bring more youth players into the senior side in the future, which would help save money, and attract more potential stars to the club, via Crystal Palace.
#CPFC remain hopeful of keeping highly rated Wales/England youth international Jadan Raymond despite being notified of his intention to leave at the end of his current deal next month @TheAthleticUK understands.
More details 👇🏻https://t.co/vZdZ7gkOBl
— Matt Woosnam (@MattWoosie) May 27, 2020
Why would he stay? We don’t give youth a chance at all. Why would any youngster want to waste their time and talent with no chance of breaking into the first team? #CPFC
— Peter Reynolds (@pdreynolds81) May 27, 2020
I really hope we can keep him
— Liam© (@liamb0117) May 27, 2020
I also hope we can keep him if he is as good as the interest would suggest.
You do wonder what chance he would ever have for 1st team games at Palace though, our U17 World Cup winner Nya Kirby is now 20 and 4 months.
By that age Zaha had already made 100 Palace appearances.
— Jane and David London (@jane36london) May 27, 2020
I hope we keep him but we just play the youngsters. AWB only got a game because we were desperate.
— Anthony Hudson (@alffy1977) May 27, 2020
Please keep him Palace
— Alex Westry (@alex_westry) May 27, 2020
Why would he stay apart from Wan Bissaka who was forced into the squad through injuries youth don’t get a look in at Palace 🤔
— Nathan Davey (@NBDavey) May 28, 2020
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