Crystal Palace 'want to keep' £12.6m 'homegrown talent' at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace will not ‘want to hear’ that other clubs are interested in defender Tyrick Mitchell, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 22-year-old is enjoying a stellar campaign after becoming the Eagles’ first-choice left-back this season and had been tipped to receive a call-up to the senior England setup before narrowly missing out.

What is the latest news involving Mitchell?

After rising through the ranks of his boyhood club, Mitchell made his first-team debut back in July 2020 but was forced to play second fiddle to Patrick van Aanholt for large portions of last term.

However, following the Dutchman’s departure for Galatasaray over the summer, the academy graduate has stepped up admirably in the current campaign.

Mitchell has started all of Palace’s 29 Premier Leagues games so far throughout 2021/22, registering two clean sheets and playing a pivotal part in their eight clean sheets, the eighth-highest total in the top-flight.

As per WhoScored, the youngster has been the south London outfit’s fourth-best performer in the league this season, achieving an overall rating of 6.79.

And when looking at his underlying numbers, it’s easy to understand why.

Mitchell has averaged 3.1 tackles per league game, more than any of his teammates, while also recording 1.2 interceptions, 2.6 clearances and 0.6 crosses, placing him in the top four for each metric amongst his colleagues.

What has O’Rourke said about Mitchell?

Although the impressive full-back hasn’t been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park just yet, Palace do have a history of selling their top young talents.

The likes of Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne have departed before eventually returning, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka departed for Manchester United after fewer than 50 games for the capital club.

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And O’Rourke believes the Palace hierachy will be desperate to ‘keep’ hold of their latest ‘homegrown talent’ for as long as possible.

In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “I’m sure Crystal Palace won’t want to hear that (clubs being interested in Tyrick Mitchell), they would want to keep the homegrown talent at Selhurst Park.”

Can Palace keep hold of Mitchell?

Mitchell – who is valued at £12.6m by Transfermarkt – only has to look at Zaha and Wan-Bissaka to see that departing Palace for a ‘bigger club’ isn’t always a wise decision.

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At this stage of his career, it’s important for the youngster to gain valuable experience by playing at the highest level week in, week out, something he is currently doing.

If Mitchell continues on his current trajectory, though, a Selhurst Park departure may become inevitable, but he should be in no rush to take that next step in his promising career.

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