Manchester United Football Club have loaned Timothy Fosu-Mensah out to Crystal Palace twelve-month deal. The 19-year-old didn’t really play as minutes as he probably would have liked last term, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to prove his worth.
Under Louis van Gaal, the teenager flourished. He looks like an immense talent with the potential to become the future of this club, but in the short-term, he needs to be playing; that’s why a loan move to The Eagles is absolutely perfect.
Upon signing on a year-long loan, his new boss, Frank de Boer has been full of praise for Fosu-Mensah, before adding that he plans to use him predominantly as a right-sided centre-half, but he can also do a job as a right-back.
“Timothy is a player who has great pace and incredible physical ability. In today’s game, you need players with strength and speed and is a player who can also play in midfield.” De Boer told Crystal Palace’s official website.
“I am seeing him in our system as a right centre back but he can also play full back in a 4-3-3.”
Personally, I see his best position as a centre-back. He has all the attributes to make it in the middle of the park, and he’s more defensive-minded. The full-back role suits more attack-minded footballers, and although he can do a job out there, it doesn’t really suit Tim’s game as much.
This is such a key season for Fosu-Mensah, and I just hope that Palace give him the regular game time that he deserves. He has a potential to be a key player for them, whilst improving as a player. Then, in twelve months time, Manchester United will have a much better footballer on their books; it certainly feels like an excellent move for all involved.