Newly-appointed Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has revealed that he is eager to give the club’s youth academy products a chance in the first team.
De Boer, who won four consecutive Eredivisie titles at Ajax, is known for putting trust in young players and is looking forward to evaluating the youth at Selhurst Park.
"They are famous for the youth academy and have raised good players," said De Boer, according to the Independent.
"I will give youth the opportunity when they are good enough. I will be interested to see how talented the players are and if they can join the first team in training. That gives confidence to the academy.
"Ajax is famous for the academy and I had the feeling when I arrived there that young players wanted to leave. Martin Jol [De Boer's predecessor] didn't spend much time seeing the youth academy or giving players chances.
"I wanted to bring [the confidence in youth] back and I want that feeling here. It's important for the DNA of the club – that the fans can see Zaha and know that 'This is my hometown boy.'"