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Sports News of Thursday, 10 August 2017


Fosu-Mensah joins Crystal Palace on loan

Dutch born defender of Ghanaian descent, Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined Crystal Palace FC a one-year loan deal from Manchester United.

The 19 year old defender will wear the number 24 shirt, and is another signing who can player a number of positions across the defensive and midfield lines.

Fosu-Mensah has featured 21 times for United including a clean sheet at Old Trafford against Palace on the final day of the 2016/17 season, and has represented Netherlands at youth, U21 and a call up to the senior squad.

The new loan signing said of the move: “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. 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."

Frank de Boer was delighted to be reunited with his fellow former Ajax man Fosu-Mensa. “Timothy is a player who has great pace and incredible physical ability. 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.”

Having played at under-15, under-16, under-17 and under-19 level for the Netherlands, Fosu-Mensah was rewarded for his performances for Manchester United with his first call-up to the senior team for friendlies against the Republic of Ireland, Poland and Austria.

He is also eligible to play for Ghana as he qualifies through his parents.