This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Back in the January transfer window in 2017, Crystal Palace were short in defence, especially in the left back position and manager Sam Allardyce brought in a player that he knew well from his managerial stint in charge of Sunderland, Patrick Van Aanholt. The signing cost £9.45 million at the time, per Transfermarkt, however this price is looking more and more like a bargain every time he features for the Eagles.
The former Premier League winner has already made 104 appearances at left-back for the club, and has been a part of the defence that has kept the South London side in England’s top flight. This season he has averaged 1.4 tackles a game and 1.5 interceptions a game, per WhoScored emphasising how he is good at breaking up opposition attacks.
However it is perhaps more the attacking quality that he has that is so vital for the side. He has managed to score 14 goals and provide three assists during his appearances, per Transfermarkt, whilst his offensive statistics this campaign highlight how much of a contribution he has in attack. The Dutchman has on average the joint fourth most shots on target a match of any Palace player with 1 and the joint second most key passes per game at 1.1, via WhoScored.
His good performances have not gone unnoticed, with Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven and French giants Paris Saint Germain both being linked to the player. Clearly a footballer who can perform at both ends of the pitch is in high demand. Whilst he is 29 years-old, via Transfermarkt, it is clear to see that Van Aanholt will cost clubs a lot more than the Eagles spent on him, and you can’t help but feel the fee paid for him is beginning to look like a steal.
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