Crystal Palace U-23 coach, Shaun Derry has words to say about Ghanaian youngster Malachi Boateng after he was adjudged the Player-Of-The-Year.
The Ghana International midfielder who made 22 appearances for the Eagles in 19/20, was selected by coach Shaun Derry for the award because “every day he turns up for training – in terms of he turns up as the best pro he could be.
Speaking about the midfielder Shaun said:
“This young player has brought so many highs to this training group; he is a pleasure to work alongside.
According to the Palace coach, he’s hopeful and full of believe that the young lad would become a star if he continues with his development.
” Hopefully he can develop more and more as the years go by and we can hear a lot more about him.”
Boateng was regularly amongst the first-team training group, too, and will no doubt have learnt a lot from playing so closely with the likes of Luka Milivojević, Cheikhou Kouyaté and James McCarthy, with Derry describing the standout player from the Under-23s as:
“A midfielder who has so many strings to his bow… He shows aggression, he shows quality on the ball, he can get around the pitch – wins the second ball and can dictate play” Shaun stated.
“He’s a fine young man and one that represents the football club in a way we want the football club represented”, he added.