Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Crystal Palace’s academy at 11 years old, when he was considered a winger. Former manager Frank de Boer played with wing-backs during the pre-season of 2017/18, when Wan-Bissaka demonstrated his off-the-ball qualities, contributing to his conversion into so promising a full-back.
Injuries to multiple senior players meant he was awarded his debut in an unfortunate 1-0 defeat by Tottenham in February 2018. He retained his starting place for their next fixture against Manchester United and over the following weeks, eventually being named their player of the month. Throughout 2018/19, Wan-Bissaka became Palace’s senior right-back, featuring in 35 of their 38 Premier League fixtures and performing with such consistency that United paid what might amount to a total of £50m to make him what they hope will be their long-term right-back.