Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira, has lauded English-born Ghanaian youngster Jesurun Rak-Sakyi‘s quality in his first Premier League start against Manchester United on Sunday.
The 19-year-old academy graduate made his first start for the club in the 1-0 win against Manchester United.
The Southwark-born winger, who won the club’s U23 Player of the Season, has been nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Season award after scoring 18 goals and recording six assists in 25 league appearances for Paddy McCarthy’s side.
He was replaced in the 67th minute by Cheikhou Kouyate.
“He played two games against Chelsea and United, so it has been challenging and difficult,” said Vieira.
“We have to create that kind of pathway for those young players to play more minutes. In the next couple of days and weeks, we will have some decisions to make regarding his future, of course.”
There was the chance for Rak-Sakyi to head out in loan in January with Accrington Stanley and Milton Keynes keen, but Vieira chose to keep him around the first team.