Patrick Vieira confirms Dublin teenager will make Premier League debut this month

Dublin teenager Tayo Adaramola will make his Premier League debut in the coming weeks.

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has confirmed that Ireland under-19 interntional Tayo Adaramola “will be on the field” at some stage of their next three Premier League games.

Adaramola made his Palace debut in the FA Cup last February when they beat Hartlepool United and was handed his first start against Stoke City a month later in the same competition.

He is yet to feature in the Premier League however, despite training with the first team at various points during the season.

That is now about to change, however, as manager Vieira has told the club’s official website that he and fellow academy player Jesurun Rak-Sakyi will definitely see minutes against at least one of Aston Villa, Everton and Manchester United.

Patrick Vieira says Dublin teenager Tayo Adaramola “will be on the field” this month.

“It’s important, because that is part of their development,” Vieira said about Adaramola and Rak-Sakyi’s first team involvement.

“It’s good to see them around the first-team, to see their personality and to see how they will conduct themselves in training and in the dressing room with players around.

“That allows me to learn more about them. We have Jes and Tayo training with us. They will be around the first-team for these three [remaining] games and some of the games they will be on the field.

“We need to give them and create these types of opportunities to see how they will react under pressure.”

The Arsenal legend is cognisant that it would be unwise to promote Adaramola to the first eleven without getting the balance of the team right first, however.

“[Then] it is about balance in the team,” he continued. “Jes and Tayo have shown that they can play in our team in the Premier League.

“It’s just about having the right players around them to support what they are missing. The balance has to be right to allow them to play with confidence and belief.”

Tayo Adaramola.

Adaramola played for St Mochta’s and St Kevin’s before going on to sign a professional contract with Crystal Palace when he turned seventeen.

The flying full-back has represented Ireland at under-17 and under-19 level and is odds on to feature in the next Ireland under-21 European qualification campaign.

Earlier this season, Palace academy manager Paddy McCarthy hailed the teenager, saying that he “can take your breath away” when in full flight.

He continued by explaining: “He loves the club, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of coaching him. I can’t imagine I’ll be working with him for much longer.”

If Adaramola proves himself on the Premier League stage in the next couple of weeks, McCarthy’s prediction could just come to life.

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