Crystal Palace coach Frank de Boer reveals Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s position

by Tanveer Arayan

Crystal Palace coach, Frank de Boer, claims Timothy Fosu-Mensah will play at right-back or centre-back during his season-long loan.

He joined them earlier this week as he looks to excel his game and pick up more game time after an impressed pre-season under Jose Mourinho.

The Dutchman started four games last season and the Portuguese boss sent him on loan to continue his development as there will be a lack of opportunities for him this campaign.

Speaking about his position, de Boer insists he could be utilised as a right centre-back.

“Timothy is a player who has great pace and incredible physical ability,” he said. “In today’s game you need players with strength and speed and is a player who can also play in midfield.

“I am seeing him in our system as a right centre-back but he can also play full-back in a 4-3-3.

“The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away. I must now repay that back by putting in some good performances for the club.

“I am only 19-years-old and still have a lot to learn and therefore getting the opportunity to play more games on a regular basis will help my development.”

All four of Fosu-Mensah’s starts last term came at right-back, but he’s proven to be incredibly versatile which is why he’s so highly-regarded at Old Trafford.

He has a bright future ahead and hopes are he works hard at Palace because he has all the right attributes to become a top player.

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