Tyrick Mitchell can save Crystal Palace millions after passing James Rodriguez test



Tyrick Mitchell’s impressive start to his Premier League career at Crystal Palace continued on Saturday in the defeat against Everton at Selhurst Park.

The young star has come into the fold following the dislocated shoulder suffered by Patrick van Aanholt against Manchester United back in July.

Mitchell has now come up against a range of attacking talent – both last season and this term – and has come out on top regularly.

In every match so far this season, Mitchell’s opposition on the right flank has been substituted at one point or another.

Will Smallbone’s exit for Southampton came after 77 minutes, Daniel James was hauled off for Mason Greenwood at half-time in Palace’s 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

And though James Rodriguez lasted until the 86th minute at Selhurst Park, it was a subdued performance from the Colombia star – something Roy Hodgson keenly pointed out after the game.

“[James Rodriguez] is a very talented player, no question about it. But I thought he was quiet today, we kept him quiet,” Hodgson told reporters.

“The way we approached the game, the way we played the game, quite simply he didn’t have a chance to really bring all his skills to the fair and I personally – if I were watching the game from your position – be picking him out too much.

“[Mitchell] did very well. Rodriguez is obviously a player that we were aware what he’s capable of doing. Between [Mitchell] and the midfield players, they kept James reasonably quiet.

“Certainly on the ball, he was as good as he’s been in this season’s games. Once again, his game is being kept at a very high level.

“We are hoping that with every game he plays and the experience that gives that it makes him that little bit better. We are delighted with him, and I was delighted with him again today.”

It was not all one-way traffic, however. Rodriguez played a clever pass in behind Mitchell for Seamus Coleman to set up the opening goal for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

But all the same, it’s a great start for a 21-year-old making his name among fans of his own team, let alone the Premier League and beyond.

And for Hodgson, Mitchell’s performances have been a welcome boon as the defence suffers a deluge of injuries. Van Aanholt’s injury should have disrupted Palace hugely – a player who is extremely influential both in defence and going forward.

And yet Mitchell’s ability to slot in with the smallest of growing pains have shown Palace fans a tantalising hint at the future.

Van Aanholt will be out of contract at the end of the season, and made it known at the start of September that there have been no talks with the club or his representatives over a new deal.

Mitchell’s performances so far will have given Hodgson a welcome headache for when Van Aanholt does return from his injury.

While you would expect Palace to offer the left-back a new deal, if only to protect his value in the transfer window, stranger things have happened.

Should Van Aanholt’s time with Palace end at the conclusion of this Premier League season, the club can at least be content with the fact they have a budding replacement in Mitchell.

A back-up would be needed for squad depth, but Mitchell’s emergence could save them millions by targeting a player who can rotate with the young star, rather than being a direct replacement for Van Aanholt.

Hodgson recently admitted that there were direct parallels between Mitchell’s emergence and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s at Selhurst Park in the way they came into the team.

Mitchell still has a long way to go in replicating that meteoric rise, but keeping the likes of James Rodriguez quiet will only improve his stock.





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