New Eagles signing Patrick van Aanholt admitted that the chance to work again with Sam Allardyce was instrumental in his decision to join the club.
The Holland international has signed a four-and-a-half year contract with Palace and could feature against Bournemouth in the Premier League tomorrow evening, and having worked with Allardyce before at The Stadium of Light last season and seeing his career blossom in the process, he is hopeful there will be similar success in SE25.
After putting pen to paper on his Palace contract, he said: “I think I needed a change from Sunderland as I’d been there for two-and-a-half years and obviously last year I worked with the manager there, so as soon as he arrived at Palace I thought there might be an opportunity to go there too.
“It’s a great club with great fans and when I spoke to the manager a couple of times he was really interested in signing me which made my choice easier of course.
“When I came in I was on the bench for his first game and he worked with me on the defensive side of the game because he knew what I could do already in attack, and it worked quite well so I think he got the best out of me last season.”
Van Aanholt’s form in the second half of the 2015/16 campaign was a huge factor in the Black Cats avoiding relegation last term under the stewardship of the Eagles boss, and he hopes that his experiences over the past couple of years on Wearside will stand Palace in good stead in their bid to beat the drop.
“I’ve been there last season and the season before that at Sunderland, and obviously Palace are there now but I’m very positive about the situation,” he said. “The manager knows what he’s doing and we’ve got a very strong team, so I think we’ve got enough to survive this year and I’m looking forward to it.”
To hear more from van Aanholt, watch an exclusive interview with the left-back now on eagles.cpfc.co.uk.