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Patrick van Aanholt was Crystal Palace’s unsung hero in victory over Burnley

Patrick van Aanholt was Crystal Palace’s unsung hero in victory over Burnley

Crystal Palace supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side pick up just their third Premier League win of the season on Saturday.

Roy Hodgson’s men went into their encounter with struggling Burnley having yet to taste victory in six prior attempts at Selhurst Park this season, but going into Saturday’s clash off the back of a spirited 0-0 draw at Manchester United last weekend. And the Eagles finally got their maiden home win of the campaign in easing past Sean Dyche’s side 2-0, with goals from James McArthur and Andros Townsend moving the Londoners up to 14th place in the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many delighted Palace fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on the whole team for their endeavours on Saturday, be it messrs McArthur and Townsend for netting the crucial goals, or indeed the likes of Max Meyer and Wilfried Zaha for carrying a great attacking threat.

But everything great about Hodgson’s side on Saturday was none-more-so epitomised than the exploits of left back Patrick van Aanholt, valued at £8.1 million by Transfermarkt, who produced yet another accomplished display for the Eagles.

The 28-year-old made the move to Selhurst Park back in January 2017 after impressing at North East giants Sunderland, and he has since continued to prove his worth in the Premier League to become a lynchpin in this Palace team.

And performances like Saturday underline exactly why he is a mainstay at Selhurst Park, with the Netherlands international touching the ball more often than any other player on the pitch (87), and finishing the encounter with a very healthy pass success rate of 88% (as per WhoScored).

And in completing one of his two dribbles, as well as having five shots over the course of the 90 minutes, van Aanholt certainly carried the attacking threat we have become accustomed to seeing from the defender – he got forward whenever he had the chance, and sought to make a difference in the final.

But it wasn’t just going forward in which the 28-year-old excelled, he did so in the defensive third of the field as well in completing the one and only tackle he attempted over the course of the 90 minutes, at the same time underlining his excellent reading of the game with two clearances and an interception.

Ultimately, in what was a great team performance from the Eagles, it was the efforts of van Aanholt which epitomised just how good and dominant Hodgson’s side were, be it doing his duties defensively or indeed getting forward to help out in attack – it was an all round fantastic display from the Dutchman.

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