Roy Hodgson has expressed his delight with Timothy Fosu-Mensah‘s performances on loan at Crystal Palace last season after the Dutchman helped the Eagles to another clean sheet against Burnley on Saturday.
The 20-year-old, having struggled for minutes during Jose Mourinho‘s opening campaign, was brought to Selhurst Park by Frank de Boer in August on a season-long loan with no option to buy.
And he has continued to assert himself under Hodgson, making 18 appearances in total and notably earning ‘Man of the Match’ awards against both Manchester City and Burnley in recent weeks.
Speaking after the 1-0 win, Hodgson was quick to note how impressed he was with Fosu-Mensah’s progress.
RH: Fosu-Mensah and Van Aanholt have been very good. Timothy has a lot of potential and both will go home in the knowledge the coaching staff are very pleased with them.#CRYBUR pic.twitter.com/YeYNP7I4Uf
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 13, 2018
The arrival of a new manager just four games in would have been something of a red light for Fosu-Menshah, whose move to Palace was largely influenced by De Boer.
Hodgson’s arrival signalled a complete change of tack, a dramatic move towards a more trusted, traditional style of play, and with that comes a different set of ideas, different preferences of personnel.
Fosu-Mensah could have been left in the dark – not too dissimilar to, say, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at Wolverhampton Wanderers and now Leeds United – but the youngster has forced his manager to take notice of his ebullient influence on the pitch and deserves to be playing Premier League football every week.