Aaron Wan-Bissaka

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 2018.jpg
Wan-Bissaka playing for Crystal Palace in 2018
Personal information
Full name Aaron Wan-Bissaka[1]
Date of birth (1997-11-26) 26 November 1997 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Croydon, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 29
Youth career
Junior Elite
2009–2017 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Crystal Palace 42 (0)
National team
2015 DR Congo U20 1 (0)
2018 England U20 2 (0)
2018– England U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:28, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:29, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (born 26 November 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Crystal Palace.[3]

Early life[edit]

Wan-Bissaka was born in London, England on 26 November 1997 and grew up in New Addington, Croydon, where he attended Good Shepherd school.[4]


Wan-Bissaka was a member of the Crystal Palace academy from the age of 11,[5] where he started out as a winger.[4]

In the summer 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 wingbacks, and this new role emphasised Wan-Bissaka's defensive capabilities, eventually leading to him moving from a winger to a full-back.[6] 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.

On 25 February 2018, Wan-Bissaka made his senior 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 for Palace.[4][7][8] 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.[9]

On 20 August 2018, Wan-Bissaka was sent off in a 2–0 loss to Liverpool for denying Mohamed Salah a clear goalscoring opportunity.[10] He was named the club's Player of the Month for August, September, October and March.[11] On 30 April 2019, Wan-Bissaka was named the Crystal Palace Player of the Year for his displays throughout the season.[12]

International career[edit]

Wan-Bissaka was born in England and is of Congolese descent.[13] Wan-Bissaka made a single appearance for the DR Congo U20 in an 8–0 friendly loss to the England U17s on 7 October 2015.[14] 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 U20 squad in March 2018.[15] He was sent off during his debut against Poland, although England still won 1–0.[16]

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.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crystal Palace 2017–18 Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2018–19 Premier League 35 0 1 0 3 0 39 0
Career total 42 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 46 0




  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists". Premier League. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Aaron Wan-Bissaka". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  3. ^ Smith, Adam (15 November 2018). "Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Under the radar". Sky Sports. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  4. ^ 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. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Wan-Bissaka Delighted To Debut". Crystal Palace F.C. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Aaron Wan-Bissaka: My year in the Crystal Palace first team". Sky Sports. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Wan-Bissaka Makes Eagles Debut". Crystal Palace F.C. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  8. ^ Mullen, Andrew (25 February 2018). "Crystal Palace 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Wan-Bissaka Wins March's ManBetX Player Of The Month". Crystal Palace F.C. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  10. ^ Begley, Emlyn (20 August 2018). "Crystal Palace 0–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Aaron Wan-Bissaka Wins ManBetX Player Of The Month". Crystal Palace F.C. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Aaron Wan-Bissaka named Palace Player of the Season 2018/19". Crystal Palace F.C. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Aaron Bissaka: Jouer pour la RDC" (in French). Footeo. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  14. ^ Stonehouse, Gary (7 October 2015). "England U17s hit eight in World Cup warm-up with DR Congo". The Football Association. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  15. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (15 March 2018). "P's please, Keith". The Football Association. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Poland 0–1 England U20s". The Football Association. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Wan-Bissaka Wins First Under 21 Cap In Netherlands Draw". Crystal Palace F.C. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been named as Crystal Palace's Young Player of the Season for 2017/18". Crystal Palace F.C. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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