Grading Crystal Palace's summer signings - Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Crystal Paalce tackles Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on November 5,...

How has Timothy Fosu-Mensah fared since joining Crystal Palace on loan from Manchester United?

TOPSHOT - Crystal Palace's Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah heads the ball during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor in Burnley,...

The November international break is a checkpoint which signals that we are roughly a third of the way through the season.

This is, in most cases, a long enough time for judgements to be made on the millions of pounds worth of summer signings.

Here we take a closer look at Crystal Palace’s loan signing of Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United.

The 19-year-old is highly thought of at Old Trafford and it is easy to see why based on his start to life at Selhurst Park.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Crystal Palace tackles Steve Mounie of Huddersfield Town  during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park on August 12,...

Although the Eagles have yet to keep a clean sheet in his 12 appearances, little blame can be placed at the feet of the youngster, who has been shifted across Palace’s defence and always done himself justice.

Fosu-Mensah is very well built for a teenager, and he can use his broad frame and speed to get forward effectively from right-back. He has also been used on the left side of defence, and in a back three.

What is perhaps most impressive about the Dutchman is the application he has shown in such difficult times.

Leroy Sane (C) of Manchester City is chellenged by Timothy Fosu-Mensah (L) and Andros Townsend (R) of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal...

Many young loanees would have buckled under the pressure of Palace’s poor form, especially after the manager that brought them to the club was sacked after just four games - Frank de Boer, in this case.

Yet Fosu-Mensah has been as committed to the Palace cause as any of their own players. On several occasions this season, he has been their last line of defence, making goal-saving challenges in his own box.

Despite his physical and mental maturity, it would have been a season too early to expose Fosu-Mensah to regular football at United, but this Palace loan spell will be beneficial for all parties concerned.

Grade: B

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