Best Players Outside the EPL Top Six: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

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With all of the money in the Premier League today, we are seeing fewer and fewer academy graduates make their debuts at the clubs they started at. But Crystal Palace’s prodigiously talented Aaron Wan-Bissaka is an obvious exception to this trend.

Wan-Bissaka forced his way into the Eagles’ side last season with some strong performances towards the end of the year and has proved his worth by continuing to consistently impress since that debut. Palace will have to fend off a whole host of suitors if they want to keep the fullback on their books next season.

Wan-Bissaka was first thrown into the mix for Crystal Palace after a series of injuries at the right-back position left manager Roy Hodgson with no other option than to deploy the then 20-year-old. His first match? Against Christian Eriksen and Tottenham.

Hodgson really threw the young Englishman into the deep end. However, Wan-Bissaka proved he was up to the task, putting in three solid outings to start his career against Spurs, Chelsea, and Manchester United. His manager put it best, via Robert Warlow of, saying:

Of course I am surprised because when he came into the team against very tough opponents, I think his opening games were Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham; sort of ones where you are almost putting him to sink or swim and he certainly learnt to swim very quickly.

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