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Hope Vieira was watching: 18-year-old proved he can fill a big gap for Crystal Palace earlier

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Jesurun Rak-Sakyi.

Just one read of Crystal Palace’s match report from this afternoon’s 1-1 draw against Brentford’s Under-23 side, and you’ll have that name stuck in your head.

How did Jesurun Rak-Sakyi play?

Jinking run, causing trouble and dangerman were all phrases associated with the 18-year-old in the aforementioned match report.

Simply put, the teenager tore Brentford apart, and he will surely be praying that Patrick Vieira casts his eyes over footage of the performance.

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Rak-Sakyi even scored a marginally offside goal, which if it has stood, would’ve been the icing on the cake of a wonderful display.

In truth, we feel the ex-Chelsea prodigy has now done enough to be part of Vieira’s first-team consistently throughout the 2021/22 campaign.

Jesurun Rak-Sakyi can fill a gap for Patrick Vieira

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In the 3-1 win over Watford, in which an XI played who will most likely face Chelsea on Saturday, there was something missing on the right.

With all due respect to the hardworking Jordan Ayew, that area is crying out for a left-footed forward to cut in and cause problems.

Funnily enough, that’s exactly what Rak-Sakyi is.

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If Dougie Freedman doesn’t bring someone in to fulfil the potential of that area for Vieira, then we see no reason why the wonderkid can’t do so.

With his baggy shirt, direct dribbling and deceptively good upper body strength, there’s plenty to suggest Crystal Palace have a Wilfried Zaha 2.0 in the making.

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