Fosu-Mensah eager to repay De Boer's faith

Fosu-Mensah eager to repay De Boer's faith
Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah

by Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 09:00

New Crystal Palace signing Timothy Fosu-Mensah is eager to repay the faith shown in him by head coach Frank de Boer.

Fosu-Mensah joined the Eagles on a season-long loan deal earlier this week, with the 19-year-old forced to look elsewhere for regular game time following the arrival of Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

The Dutch-born Ghana linked utility player, who has represented the Netherlands at junior level, broke into the Red Devils first team during the 2015-16 season and his featured 14 times in total for the club.

"The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away," Fosu-Mensah told Crystal Palace's official website. "I must now repay that back by putting in some good performances for the club.

"I am only 19 years old and still have a lot to learn and therefore getting the opportunity to play more games on a regular basis will help my development."

De Boer, who is in his first season at Selhurst Park, spoke highly of his fellow Dutchman.

"Timothy is a player who has great pace and incredible physical ability," De Boer added. "In today's game you need players with strength and speed and is a player who can also play in midfield.

"I am seeing him in our system as a right centre back but he can also play full back in a 4-3-3," he concluded.

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