IT CAN only be a matter of time before Gareth Southgate calls up Aaron Wan-Bissaka to the senior England team.
The right-back has been one of Crystal Palace’s standout players all season and a full England cap would be fully justified.
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At just 21, the only thing holding him back is the embarrassment of riches at Southgate’s disposal.
With Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of him in the pecking order, Wan-Bissaka will have to bide his time.
But time is on his side and I can see him and Alexander-Arnold battling over that jersey for years.
Wan-Bissaka made his Premier League debut only last February but he already seems such a natural.
His first three games were against Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea. Talk about a baptism of fire — not that he was overawed.
And this is a young man who not long ago was playing as a striker or winger!
Picked as a right-back for a practice match against the first team, Wan-Bissaka impressed everyone in an instant and has never looked back.
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Even Wilfried Zaha struggled to get the better of him, later saying how shocked he was at his abilities.
And it would not surprise me if the likes of United show a strong interest this summer.
But it’s all about the timing of a move away.
And considering he’s a guaranteed starter for a team not overly threatened with relegation, there is no rush to leave Selhurst Park.
Having watched a lot of him, it’s clear he has all of the attributes to be a top player for years to come.
He is athletic, strong, quick and has very good positioning.
He’s more than just an overlapping full-back — he’s very good at attacking his man one v one and his delivery has been very good.
And on the defensive side, I’ve very rarely seen any of the best wingers in the league get the better of him.
At 21, he is only going to keep on improving, and what has been most impressive are his consistency levels.
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You expect to see quite sharp ups and downs with young players but Wan-Bissaka has been excellent near enough all season.
And unlike the three England right-backs, he has been doing it for a team in the bottom half.
If he continues in the same vein, there is no doubt in my mind he will be a Three Lions player before too long.