Timothy Fosu-Mensah is reportedly set to attend a medical today ahead of a season-long loan move to join Crystal Palace
According to a report by The Sun, Timothy Fosu-Mensah will have a medical at Crystal Palace today ahead of a season-long loan. The Manchester United wonder kid has been allowed to leave this summer to clock regular playing minutes.
Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for the young ace for a while now as manager Frank De Boer is eyeing him as an addition to his first-team.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is regarded as one of the most promising young talents at Old Trafford. He broke into the first-team under Louis van Gaal and was deployed mainly in the defence. Once Jose Mourinho took charge, he saw a bigger potential for the player as a right-back and marked him to develop his skills in that position.
The youngster is extremely versatile since he can play the role of a centre-half and a holding midfielder as well. In fact, it seems like that is where he is naturally comfortable on field which only goes to further improve his game.
Despite being immensely talented, Fosu-Mensah’s minutes on field last season were rather limited. Antonio Valencia was deployed in that position for a good chunk of the previous season while Mourinho preferred playing Ashley Young as a temporary right-back.
Additionally, his first-team chances will take a bigger hit due to Victor Lindelof’s arrival. The Swedish international is one of five senior centre-backs at Old Trafford along with Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, thus leaving no scope for Fosu-Mensah.
The 19-year-old managed to feature in seven games for Manchester United last season, and was quite impressive on all occasions. He clearly has a lot of potential but he is in dire need of playing regularly to hone his skills further. Thus, a loan move to Crystal Palace seems ideal.
Fosu-Mensah can play as a centre-back in De Boer’s 3-4-3 formation or even as a wing-back. His versatility will prove to be a massive advantage for Palace and also help provide the manager with greater flexibility. In fact, he could even become a Palace player in time to make his debut against Huddersfield on Saturday.