Monday 24 September 2018

Roy Hodgson keen not to overhype Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The 20-year-old right-back impressed against Fulham.

Roy Hodgson has urged caution in praising young star Aaron Wan-Bissaka, pictured (Chris Radburn/PA)
Roy Hodgson has urged caution in praising young star Aaron Wan-Bissaka, pictured (Chris Radburn/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Roy Hodgson insists no-one at Crystal Palace will overhype the impact of hot prospect Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Eagles boss Hodgson has warned against effusively praising the home grown right-back, to ensure the 20-year-old does not suffer from overblown expectations.

Croydon-born England Under-20s full-back Wan-Bissaka broke through at Palace last term and excelled in the south Londoners’ 2-0 Premier League win at Fulham.

Hodgson conceded however that Wan-Bissaka has all the credentials to push towards the sport’s pinnacle.

“It’s always nice when one of your players has a good game and captures the headlines as a result of it,” said Hodgson, of Wan-Bissaka.

“So I’m very happy for him in that respect.

“But I still think it’s better for us to be allowing him to continue to learn his trade, continue to prosper, without trying to raise him up on pedestals to then saw the legs off the pedestals when it suits.”

Hodgson believes Palace are ready to capitalise on the boost of boasting local talent Wilfried Zaha and Wan-Bissaka, but when it comes to the fast-improving defender, the ex-England boss is determined not to get carried away.

Palace will host Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Monday night in what should prove a step up in class from their season-opening test against Fulham.

“He was very good in pre-season, his opening game was excellent,” said Hodgson of Wan-Bissaka.

“We believe strongly in him as a coaching staff, we believe he’s got all the qualities needed to become a top right-back.

“But it’s one game, and it would be dangerous for us as coaches particularly to start saying that he’s a wonder player after one performance.

“He had a very good game, but he’s only played eight times in the Premier League and that’s not enough games.

“We believe he will get better and better. We’re delighted with him.”

Press Association

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