Crystal Palace’s decision to hand Tayo Adaramola a first senior start in the FA Cup win over Stoke City came as a shock, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.
The Eagles booked their place in the last eight of the competition by overcoming the Championship side 2-1 at Selhurst Park, with Jairo Riedewald bagging a late winner after Josh Tymon had cancelled out Cheikhou Kouyate’s opener.
What’s the latest news involving Adaramola?
Adaramola forced his way into the Palace starting line-up for the first time on Tuesday, with him slotting in on the left of the Eagles’ back four.
But Adaramola rose to the occasion and earned praise from Vieira, who felt the teenager showed his potential and revealed ‘there is a platform there to develop him’.
Adaramola admitted it was ‘an amazing feeling’ to grab his maiden senior start and also admitted match-winner Riedewald took him ‘under his wing’ in a bid to settle the youngster’s nerves.
His first big chance came having joined Palace following unsuccessful brief stints with Charlton Athletic and West Ham United.
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What has Tom Barclay said about Adaramola?
Barclay was shocked when he saw Adaramola’s name on the team-sheet ahead of Palace’s FA Cup fifth round clash with Stoke.
The journalist admits the teenager is not an Eagles starlet he was particularly familiar with before getting the nod from Vieira.
But Adaramola caught his eye and, as a result, he has been doing plenty of research on the full-back since the tie.
Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “It was a bit of a surprise. I’ve only really been learning about him since then this morning.”
Could Adaramola become a first-team regular for Palace?
It would appear doubtful that Adaramola will become one of the first names on the team-sheet any time soon, but there is every chance he could develop into a solid left-back option under Vieira.
Tyrick Mitchell is ahead of Adaramola in the pecking order and he has made the position his own under Vieira, missing just eight minutes of Premier League action this season.
Adaramola will return to the Eagles’ under-23 side in the meantime, where he will look to build on a goal and an assist in 11 Premier League 2 appearances this term.
His development has also caught the eye of the Republic of Ireland, with him being handed four caps for the under-19s, so Adaramola clearly has a bright future ahead of him.