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Boss: Aaron Should Be Extremely Proud Of Himself

8 March 2018

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been at the club since he was eleven years old and back in those days his dream would have been to make his first team debut, but he would never have thought that his first two games would be against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

The 20 year old caught the eye of manager Roy Hodgson whilst playing for the under 23s and then made a smooth transition into the first team environment when he got the call up to train with the Premier League squad.

Hodgson has been impressed by the defender’s ability and performances against the quality of sides he has come up against in his early days as a Premier League footballer.

“My coaching staff and I have believed in him since the first moments we saw him playing for the under 23s and then from the times we have had him training with us which has been for a while now we have always thought this is a player who can do a good job in the Premier League.

"Obviously with young players you are always concerned whether it is the right moment to throw them in or not and in Aaron’s case the moment came because It was thrust upon us and we didn’t have anyone else to play in that position because the competition had disappeared. But certainly he has done ever so well and I think it will be for the competition getting fit to be worried about him to try and make certain they can knock him off his perch because you don’t get tougher games than matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United," said Hodgson as he reflected on the youngster's arrival to the Premier League stage. 

"Sometimes it is not easy to play against them at home because they are such good counter attacking teams and he has now played against a number of quality players and come through both games with flying colours so at the moment he has the shirt and it will now be up to the people getting fit to make certain they try to get the shirt from him rather than the other way round."

The manager believes that the London born defender should be proud of what he has achieved, but doesn’t expect this sudden rise to the first team starting eleven to change the quiet personality of the youngster.

“He is a quiet man and a good professional who gets on with his work, it’s difficult for me to know his mental state of how he is feeling at any moment in time but I haven’t noticed any change in him in these last couple of weeks apart from the fact that he is rather pleased that I forced him to stay at the club in January rather than go along with his desire to play football on loan somewhere. He must be extremely proud of himself because to have handled his two performances in the way he has done must be a source of great satisfaction to him.

“I don’t see the type of person whose head will swell or will suddenly start to lose track of the fact that he is still a young man, breaking into the Crystal Palace first team, getting his debut in the Premier League with a long career ahead of him at 20 years of age and hopefully he will be looking at the next fifteen years at least ahead of him rather than the last couple of weeks."

Watch the full press conference on Palace TV or if you’re viewing in the club’s official app, simply head to Palace TV on the bottom menu.

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