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No future at the club for Palace outcast


Jairo Riedewald’s late loan move to Paderborn fell through at the last minute earlier this week due to the German club having insufficient finances to complete the deal.

The failed deadline day deal will come as another disappointment to the former Ajax man who has failed to impress at Palace following his £8 million transfer in summer 2017.

Reidewald, 22, has only made 20 appearances for the Eagles in the last two seasons and it seems he is out of favour under Roy Hodgson despite arriving at the club as a promising talent.

The Dutchman made 93 appearances overall for Ajax after rising through the club’s academy. He featured in the team that took on Manchester United in the 2017 Europa League final alongside stars Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong.

Former Palace manager Frank De Boer worked with Riedewald at Ajax at saw enough promise in the youngster to sign him in 2017. He started just one match under De Boer and has only made 10 starts for Palace since, most of these coming in the EFL or FA Cup with his most recent appearance coming as left back against Colchester in the EFL Cup.

The versatile midfielder has mostly featured for the Under 23s and there has been no sign of a return to the first team as Hodgson has always looked to sell or loan Riedewald during the transfer window as he has been linked with Swansea, Middlesborough and Celta Vigo in the past.

It seems there is no future for the Dutchman at Selhurst Park. Given the lack of cover at full back at Palace this season, it appears a strange decision to let the utility player go in any capacity as he could provide ample cover if Patrick Van Aanholt or Joel Ward suffered injury.

But Hodgson doesn’t feel he can include the former international in his team and it would prove very difficult to replace midfield stalwarts like Luka Milivojević, James McArthur or Cheikhou Kouyaté to give Riedewald his chance.

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