& # 399; He certainly learned to swim very fast & # 039;: Roy Hodgson welcomes Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a good showing when Crystal Palace defeated Fulham on Saturday afternoon

There was so much to admire from Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Craven Cottage and most of it was encapsulated in the gallant defense charge that created the second goal for Wilfried Zaha.

Wan-Bissaka picked up the ball inside his own half and launched himself into the counterattack, only to be thrown to the ground by the muscular presence of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Without a hint of fuss, the young man stood up and continued, leaving Mitrovic behind in a bewildered position, before he accelerated past Ryan Sessegnon as he found his way and threw a perfect pass at Zaha.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a good showing when Crystal Palace defeated Fulham on Saturday afternoon

Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a good showing when Crystal Palace defeated Fulham on Saturday afternoon

This speed, determination and knowledge of the full back of 20 years buzzed Crystal Palace fans.

Wan-Bissaka was just making his eighth senior appearance; each one has been as safe as the previous one. His debut came in February against Tottenham in the middle of a defensive crisis and his next two appearances were against Manchester United and Chelsea.

"They were the kind of games where you almost put him down to sink or swim," said Roy Hodgson, his manager. & # 39; Certainly learned to swim very fast & # 39;

Wan-Bissaka is a descendant of Congolese, but was born in Croydon and made his debut in England Under 20 in March, another young and exciting emerging player for Gareth Southgate to watch over him.

He is another product of the Palace's impressive youth system. He has been in the club since he was 11 years old, starting as an end before switching to fullback last summer.

"I played back for those under 23," said Hodgson, who arrived at his job in September. "We just take it literally." He's back, is he better than we have? Can you do a job for us if the other is hurt?

Palacio let loanee Tim Fosu-Mensah return to Manchester United. The young Dutchman was among Fulham's unused substitutes on Saturday, after having gone on loan again. Joel Ward and Martin Kelly were in the visitor's bank and Wan-Bissaka, who signed a new contract in April, was on the team.

The palace manager, Roy Hodgson, praised the young man after the victory

The palace manager, Roy Hodgson, praised the young man after the victory

The palace manager, Roy Hodgson, praised the young man after the victory

The position is his to lose, and Hodgson's faith was compensated because Wan-Bissaka's natural athleticism proved perfect to neutralize the threat of Sessegnon, the 18-year-old Fulham star.

"They are both very good players," said Hodgson. "I am sure that Slavisa Jokanovic is very happy to have Sessegnon in his ranks, just as I am happy to have Aaron in mine, he is brilliant, very receptive to information, and he is very serious about his football. .

"I think I've seen him improve in the last six months, how much better can he get? Who knows, but he's doing everything we need him to do and that was against a Fulham quality team, with a lot of technical players and a lot of rhythm. "

Fulham made a positive start in a vibrant atmosphere against Crystal Palace before Jeffrey Schlupp opened the scoring just before half-time.

The speed, determination and awareness of the young Wan-Bissaka made the Palace fans buzz

The speed, determination and awareness of the young Wan-Bissaka made the Palace fans buzz

The speed, determination and awareness of the young Wan-Bissaka made the Palace fans buzz

Fulham was denied what appeared to be a clear penalty when Mamadou Sakho knocked down Andre Schurrle before Zaha pounced. It was a warning of what to expect against clinical opponents designed to play at halftime, and even so, Jokanovic promised not to change the open and offensive style that has become his trademark.

"This is the Premier League," said the Fulham boss. "We will find more power, more speed and more quality, mistakes that we made in the past in the Championship will be more expensive.

"We must adapt, definitely, but if you ask me if I will leave the bus in my box and try to finish the game 0-0, I do not have this quality in my team.

"We did not play with Benteke and Zaha and after a few tries we tried to play behind the defenders, the team feels comfortable in possession of the ball.

& # 39; We are ready for the risk. I always take some kind of risk in my life. I think there's less risk of doing what we're doing than parking the bus and trying to finish 0-0.

& # 39; Yes, we will try our style. We must build a Premier League team and change what we have. "

THE VERDICT OF THE FANS

FULHAM

Russ Goldman (Chat Cottage)

This was a wake-up call. Fulham was punished twice by a disciplined team that took advantage of their opportunities. However, the exhibition of the first half was encouraging, as the team showed that they can play in this league with the style of Slavisa Jokanovic. Fulham was simply not clinical at all, but it's a lesson learned.

Star man: Jean Michael Serri.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Jay Crame (The beak of the eagles)

Without waiting for seven games for some points or goals this time! Palace was more composed than Fulham and his first level experience proved fundamental. This was a real performance by the team, but Wilfried Zaha demonstrated his importance once again with the goal that killed the game.

Star man: Wayne Hennessey.

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