Crystal Palace Manager Lines up Ghanaian Youngster for Premier League Test
- English-born Ghanaian Jesurun Rak-Sakyi is set to earn more playing time in the Premier League, according to Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira
- Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, who can operate out on the wings as well as through the middle as a striker, joined Crystal Palace from Chelsea's academy in 2019
- The 18-year-old was given his first professional contract in July 2021 and after just a month made his Premier League debut
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira says that he will need to test Jesurun Rak-Sakyi in the Premier League to see what they are capable of doing.
Rak-Sakyi made his Premier League debut for the South Londoners when Vieira brought the 19-year-old winger on in the 76th minute during the 3-0 loss to Chelsea on the opening day of the season.
The English-born Ghanaian forward was included in the squad that traveled with the Eagles to Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.
When asked whether Rak-Sakyi was likely to be tested in the Premier League with six games remaining of the season, Vieira said:
“We have a good idea about their potential and what they can do.
“They have spent a lot of time in training with the first team, and between them, they have played some games in the FA Cup or the league.
“We need to test those players. When to do it? that will be the question, but we will need to see what they are capable of doing.”
Rak-Sakyi was kept at Palace during the winter window, despite League One sides Accrington Stanley and Milton Keynes expressing an interest in taking him on loan for the rest of the season.
Speaking on whether the decision to keep Rak-Sakyi at Selhurst Park for the rest of the season looked to be the correct decision, Vieira added:
“He is really a special talent – he has got the potential to perform at a high level.
“But as a football club, we need to create that pathway to allow him to go to the next step.
“That may be him staying with us, or it may be him going out on loan, but it’s too early to make that decision.
“We will need to sit and try and make the best decision to allow him to keep progressing.”
Ghanaian youngster Jesurun Rak-Sakyi represents England at youth level
Sports Brief earlier reported that English-born Ghanaian, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, has chosen to play for the European country over the nation of his parents, Ghana, after making his debut on Monday.
The 18-year-old Crystal Palace winger scored as England U-20 thrashed Romania 6-1 in a friendly at the St Georges on Monday.
In photos posted on the English FA's Twitter handle, sighted by YEN.com.gh, an excited Rak-Sakyi is seen celebrating his goal for the hosts.
Source: Sports Brief News