Timothy Fosu-Mensah a target for Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace and Marco Silva’s Watford

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer wants to sign Manchester United defender come midfielder Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan for the upcoming season. The Netherlands international has great potential but currently, he faces a fight to become involved in the team. He could well be the understudy for right-back Antonio Valencia this season, but he won’t get many minutes on the pitch if Valencia has anything to say about it. Fosu-Mensah can also play in defensive midfield, but with the arrival of Nemanja Matic to take the reliance off Michael Carrick, the Dutch player may find the same problem, not playing regularly, which at his age needs to happen to continue his development.

Last season, Fosu-Mensah did not play many minutes and for that to happen again could be costly for the player. Jose Mourinho rates the player, but in terms of experience, he has little which will see him being overlooked at times. The Sun have reported De Boer’s interest in Fosu-Mensah, a player he worked with at Ajax before he left for United. Palace are believed to be after Arsenal defender Calum Chambers in a £20 million swoop, but the Dutch manager is reluctant to sign off on the deal until he knows whether he can have Fosu-Mensah on loan for the new season.

Fosu-Mensah has already been linked to Watford this summer and his lack of appearances during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States of America, Norway and Ireland could suggest it will be another frustrating season for the player should he remain at United. Losing Fosu-Mensah would be a loss as he is a great young player with physicality in his game, but he will need to push through the glass ceiling at United in order to gain himself more ground and not playing regularly, he must not be doing what Mourinho wants. Of course, I do not know that for a fact, it is merely an opinion.

Fosu-Mensah can also play a central defensive role, of which may be called upon as United will be without Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Eric Bailly for the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid on Tuesday and the first UEFA Champions League match of the new season, which could see the Dutchman drafted in, if he has not been allowed to leave the club on loan. Playing two fixtures as opposed to playing a full season in top-flight first team football would be silly though. De Boer wants a right-sided defender to complete his 3-4-3 formation this summer with Chambers a target and Fosu-Mensah seemingly the preferred option.

Watford manager Marco Silva, a close friend of Jose Mourinho is after Fosu-Mensah, which looking at the friendship between the two managers, this would probably be the preferred option of Mourinho and United, which would also be great for the player as he would still play more matches than he would at United, so either will be a winner. I would like to see the player succeed at United, but if now is not the time, which seems likely based on what I have already mentioned, seeing him play a year at the top-level in England, then come back to United and show his worth may give the player more success.

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