This week, we learned that Timothy Fosu-Mensah is all set to join Crystal Palace on a one-year loan deal. The 19-year-old had an excellent pre-season tour with Manchester United, but now, he’ll leave in order to play regular football, which will hopefully stand him in better stead upon his return.
In my opinion, Jose Mourinho seems keen on the Dutch teenager. Heck, why wouldn’t he be? Fosu-Mensah is an outstandingly gifted individual, and whilst under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, he really made an impact on the first-team.
When the self-proclaimed Special One took over, it was clear that the versatile defender was going to find minutes limited. Now, it’s ideal for him to make the move to a lower level Premier League club and play regularly.
He has to look at Andreas Pereira as inspiration
Andreas Pereira spent last year on loan with La Liga side Granada, and comes back in a better position than ever to challenge for the first-team. At 21, he’s the perfect age to win a place within Mourinho’s plans – and Fosu-Mensah has to use that as his main inspiration.
There is absolutely nothing better for the development of a player than being involved in competitive matches every single week. Manchester United cannot guarantee that right now and he’ll stand a much better chance of getting action for Crystal Palace. Although he’d be training with the likes of Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia at Old Trafford, the positives of a move away far outweigh the negatives.
He’ll miss Manchester United
He’ll miss Manchester United, and that’s not a bad thing. Fosu-Mensah will be moving to a lower level club, and that should only reaffirm his desire to make it at the highest level. Whilst playing in London, he’ll experience more defeats than he’s accustomed to, and the hunger for him to play at the highest level of football will grow.
It seems like the perfect deal for all involved. Manchester United will be getting a better player when he returns, Crystal Palace are getting a man who can help them in the here and now, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah will learn so much. I just hope that he gets to start in the majority of matches because this kid is going to be something special.