Timothy Fosu-Mensah has explained why he decided to join Crystal Palace on loan for the 2017/18 campaign, noting that he wanted to develop further with more minutes on the pitch.
He has joined Palace with new boss Frank de Boer – in charge of Ajax at the time of Fosu-Mensah’s departure to Old Trafford – keen on bringing in a right back before the window shuts.
And Fosu-Mensah, speaking to Press Association Sport, noted that he would benefit from more minutes on the pitch at Selhurst Park.
“It’s fine because you’re surrounded by great players,” he said.
“Every day, in and out, you train with great players. You develop every day with these great players.
“I just want to develop, keep developing. I am young so I try to work on my weaker stuff and to become a better and complete player. I need a bit of experience, things like concentration, touches, communicating on the pitch.”
The full-back, even at the age of 19, has demonstrated a capacity for thriving in the Premier League and another season of occasional cameos from the bench would be a waste of talent.
A superb challenge lies ahead of him. He will experience football at the highest level in an entirely different way, with the emphasis firmly placed on thwarting superior sides and being firmly in the fiery core of a bloody relegation scrap.
And anybody who has seen the youngster’s imposing physique in action will tell you that he will be right at home in this kind of environment this season.