Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (born 26 November 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Manchester United.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Aaron Wan Bissaka 2019.jpg
Wan-Bissaka playing for Manchester United in 2019
Personal information
Full name Aaron Wan-Bissaka[1]
Date of birth (1997-11-26) 26 November 1997 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Croydon, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 29
Youth career
Junior Elite
2009–2016 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Crystal Palace 42 (0)
2019– Manchester United 38 (1)
National team
2015 DR Congo U20 1 (0)
2018 England U20 2 (0)
2018–2019 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:06, 17 October 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 05:14, 7 December 2019 (UTC)

Wan-Bissaka began his career with Crystal Palace and was named as the club's Player of the Year for the 2018–19 season. In 2019, he moved to Manchester United for an initial fee of £45 million, with another £5 million due in potential bonuses.

He is of Congolese descent and made one appearance for DR Congo under-20s in 2015. He has gone on to represent the country of his birth, England, at under-20 and under-21 levels.

Early life

Wan-Bissaka was born in Croydon, Greater London[4] and grew up in New Addington, Croydon, where he attended Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School.[5]

Club career

Crystal Palace

 
Wan-Bissaka playing for Crystal Palace in 2018

Wan-Bissaka was a member of the Crystal Palace academy from the age of 11,[6] where he started out as a winger.[5] He signed a professional contract with the club in December 2016.[7]

On the 2017 pre-season tour, Wan-Bissaka began to feature with the Palace first team under new manager Frank de Boer, playing in a number of friendlies. The Dutchman played a formation with wing-backs, and this new role emphasised Wan-Bissaka's defensive capabilities, eventually leading to him moving from a winger to a full-back.[8] However, he saw chances limited in the first half of the season as De Boer showed a preference to play Timothy Fosu-Mensah or Martin Kelly at right-back, then new manager Roy Hodgson favoured Joel Ward. He was an unused substitute a few times under the new manager, while also starring for the Eagles U23 side.[9][10][11]

On 25 February 2018, Wan-Bissaka made his first-team debut for Crystal Palace, in the midst of an injury crisis, in a Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park which resulted in a 1–0 defeat.[5][12][13] He played all but two minutes of the four Palace matches in March, and won the club's Player of the Month award with 65% of the supporters' votes.[14]

On 20 August 2018, Wan-Bissaka was sent off in a 2–0 loss to Liverpool for denying Mohamed Salah a clear goalscoring opportunity.[15] He was named the club's Player of the Month for August, September, October and March.[16] On 30 April 2019, Wan-Bissaka was named the Crystal Palace Player of the Year for his displays throughout the season.[17]

Manchester United

On 29 June 2019, Wan-Bissaka signed a five-year contract with fellow Premier League club Manchester United. Crystal Palace would receive an initial fee of £45 million, with another £5 million due in potential bonuses.[18] Upon signing for Manchester United, Wan-Bissaka became the sixth-most expensive defender of all time and the most expensive English player who was uncapped by the national side at the time of transfer.[19][20]

On 11 August 2019, he made his Manchester United debut, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 league victory over Chelsea.[21] On 17 October 2020, as United won 4–1 at Newcastle United, he scored the first goal of his professional career.[22]

International career

Wan-Bissaka was born in England and is of Congolese descent.[23] Wan-Bissaka made a single appearance for DR Congo U20s in an 8–0 friendly loss to the England U17s on 7 October 2015.[24] However, he remained eligible to represent the country of his birth and, after impressing for Crystal Palace, Wan-Bissaka was called up to the England under-20 squad in March 2018.[25] He was sent off during his debut against Poland, although England still won 1–0.[26]

Wan-Bissaka was called up to the England U21 squad for the first time in September 2018 and made his debut for them on 6 September, playing 90 minutes in a 0–0 draw with the Netherlands at Carrow Road.[27] On 27 May 2019, Wan-Bissaka was included in England's 23-man squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[28] He made one appearance in the tournament, a 2–1 loss against France, in which he scored an own goal.[29]

In August 2019, Wan-Bissaka received his first call-up to the senior England team, ahead of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kosovo and Bulgaria, but was forced to withdraw from the squad due to a back injury.[30][31]

Career statistics

As of match played 20 October 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crystal Palace 2016–17[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[33] Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2018–19[34] Premier League 35 0 1 0 3 0 39 0
Total 42 0 1 0 3 0 46 0
Manchester United 2019–20[35] Premier League 35 0 2 0 4 0 5[a] 0 46 0
2020–21[36] Premier League 3 1 0 0 1 0 1[b] 0 5 1
Total 38 1 2 0 5 0 6 0 51 1
Career total 80 1 3 0 8 0 6 0 97 1
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League

Honours

Individual

References

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  2. ^ "Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
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  5. ^ a b c Fifield, Dominic (8 February 2019). "The rise of Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 'A lot of the time I can't get my head around it'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Wan-Bissaka Delighted To Debut". Crystal Palace F.C. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  7. ^ Duthie, Shona (7 April 2019). "Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka signs extended deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
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  9. ^ "Report: Leicester City 0–3 Crystal Palace". Crystal Palace F.C. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  10. ^ Dean, Sam; Tyers, Alan (8 January 2018). "Brighton 2 Crystal Palace 1: VAR available, but not used, as Glenn Murray seals FA Cup third round tie". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
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  13. ^ Mullen, Andrew (25 February 2018). "Crystal Palace 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Wan-Bissaka Wins March's ManBetX Player of the Month". Crystal Palace F.C. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
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  20. ^ Watson, Ian (29 June 2019). "The 12 most expensive uncapped English players". Football365. Ole Media Group. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
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  23. ^ "Aaron Bissaka: Jouer pour la RDC" (in French). Footeo. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  24. ^ Stonehouse, Gary (7 October 2015). "England U17s hit eight in World Cup warm-up with DR Congo". The Football Association. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  25. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (15 March 2018). "P's please, Keith". The Football Association. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Poland 0–1 England U20s". The Football Association. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Wan-Bissaka Wins First Under 21 Cap in Netherlands Draw". Crystal Palace F.C. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  28. ^ "England U21s squad named by Aidy Boothroyd for this summer's Euro finals in Italy". The Football Association. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  29. ^ Hunter, Andy (18 June 2019). "England's Wan-Bissaka gifts France win at U-21 Euros despite penalty misses". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  30. ^ "Aaron Wan-Bissaka & Tyrone Mings earn England call-ups for Euro 2020 qualifiers". BBC Sport. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  31. ^ "Euro 2020 qualifiers: Aaron Wan-Bissaka out of England squad with back injury". BBC Sport. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
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  33. ^ "Games played by Aaron Wan-Bissaka in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
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  35. ^ "Games played by Aaron Wan-Bissaka in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  36. ^ "Games played by Aaron Wan-Bissaka in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
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