It’s not often we see a Crystal Palace academy graduate make his debut under Roy Hodgson.
Of course, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrick Mitchell have broken through under the 73-year-old’s guidance.
Not to discredit Hodgson, but both of them were seemingly only introduced due to injuries to first-team players.
Nevertheless, we could well see another academy starlet break through within weeks before the Premier League season ends.
Who? Well, we think Reece Hannam has a great chance of making his debut for the Eagles.
Signed from West Ham over the summer, the 20-year-old left-back has been named on Hodgson’s bench for the last three games, coming against Fulham, Manchester United and Tottenham.
In our view, he could get some game time due to the current situation at left-back.
Tyrick Mitchell is injured, and Patrick van Aanholt could leave Selhurst Park in June with his contract set to expire.
In that respect, instead of continuing to play someone who might not be at the club in a few months, we see plenty of reason to hand Hannam some valuable first-team experience.
Once we reach the 40-point mark, we’d love to see Hodgson do just that, and be slightly more experimental with the team.
Having worked his way up from the academy to the first-team bench in less than a year at the club, Hannam certainly deserves a shot.