Aaron Wan-Bissaka claims he was switched to right-back by Crystal Palace after keeping star man Wilfried Zaha quiet in training. The 20-year-old joined the Eagles academy at the age of 11 and always saw himself as an attacking winger given that he was regularly the top scorer in the youth ranks.
However, then first-team coach Kevin Keen asked him to revert to a right-back role in a practice match and revealed that he was so impressed that he repeated the request in another session and said Zaha “didn’t get past him once”.
Wan-Bissaka has continued as a right-back since and impressed in last Saturday’s Premier League opener as he helped Palace keep a clean sheet and chipped in with an assist for Zaha to score the second goal in the 2-0 win at Fulham.
Speaking about his defensive role, Wan-Bissaka told Palace’s official website: “I enjoy attacking and defending as I used to be a winger. It’s still in my game a bit and it’s always good to get an assist as well.”