Last season, when injury problems were so poor and with 3 heavyweight teams to play in a row (Spurs, United, Chelsea) Crystal Palace had no right back able to play. So they did what all teams do in this situation, and gave an academy player a chance to prove himself.
Step forward Aaron Wan Bissaka, who is now seen as first choice right back. With brave performances, which have enabled him to stop the attacking forces of great players like Sanchez, Son, Rashford and others, many across social media believes that he looks like a promising player, and with two player of the month awards at Crystal Palace this season, and constant praise from fans and pundits, it seems like he is fulfilling his potential.
CPFC have had a few players from their academy strive on the professional stage and here are my top five.
The love I have for this man sometimes makes me question my sexuality, and he will probably be my favourite ever Crystal Palace player I have watched live and it makes it all the better that he is South London born and raised. Over the years we have constantly seen Wilf go pass players with such ease and trickery. The fact that a the majority of fans from other clubs seem to be so jealous they hate him emphasises the calibre of the player Crystal Palace have raised. His move to Manchester United definitely came too early in his career but it wont be surprising seeing him move to a top team over the next few years.
Clyne was a key player during Crystal Palace's championship years back in 2010-2012 and even though he didn't stay for long after he left for Southampton, it was great to see him perform amazingly in the Premier League and seal a top move to Liverpool and become their number one right back. It's sad to see that injuries have stalled his career as he currently sits out for a long time but hopefully he can come back stronger than ever and cement his place again at Liverpool.
Even though Moses left CPFC at the age of 19, he was a great asset when he played for us, and in the end became a player that had to be sold in order to gain some money during the turbulent season in 2010 when the club nearly fell through administration. It seemed like Moses got his big break when he signed for Chelsea, however he was barely played and was seen as a fringe player until Conte's arrival in 2016. Now Moses is the first selection at RWB and has a Premier League medal to his name.
After making his debut against Tottenham and putting in a great performance and then doing the exact same in his next two games against Manchester United and Chelsea, Wan-Bissaka has turned many heads and now looks to continue to do this whilst he remains as first choice right back. Not only has he impressed fans, but it seems like he has impressed most of the league and more importantly Roy Hodsgon. Hopefully Bissaka will continue to grow and perform and use this relegation scrap as great experience for his career.
Oh Jonny, a fan favourite who has been adored by Palace fans for years but has struggled to stay fit, with what literally seems to be injury after injury, and whilst Palace have enjoyed Premier League football, Jonny Williams has had to try and fit his way back with numerous loans at Ipswich and now is currently at Sunderland. It seems like wherever he goes he starts but has again been injured many times whilst on loan and it is possible that CPFC will never see him wear the red and blue again.