Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt has heaped praise on his former team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka after comparing him with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold. Wan-Bissaka has impressed in the Premier League since making his debut for Palace in 2018, establishing himself as the Eagles’ first choice right-back before earning a £50million move to Manchester United last summer. He has continued to impress at Old Trafford, making 34 appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils since making the move to Old Trafford.
Patrick van Anholt said: “They are different players. Defensively, Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] is unbelievable, better than Trent [Alexander-Arnold]. Yes, Trent has got his attacking and his corners, his right foot. But if you ask Wilf [Zaha] who he would want to play against, every other day, Trent or Wan-Bissaka, I think he will say Trent. I have got respect for Trent, because he does everything with his assists and he is great, but defensively, just ask [Raheem] Sterling how good [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is. It is a problem, and he will switch.”
“He is one of the best right-backs, I think he could be, his attacking is good, but he needs more goals or assists to his name. Defending comes first, but in the modern game, you need to attack, and at United, you get more of the ball, so go forward and show what you have got, but he has been doing good.”