Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi recently addressed the media during the international break, discussing his areas for improvement. Guehi has earned a call-up to the England squad for matches against Australia and Italy. When asked about his leadership qualities and areas he felt he needed to work on, Guehi admitted, “I am very aware of my limitations as a leader.” He acknowledged that while he possesses several qualities, there are aspects he can enhance. He emphasized that every day is a learning process, with lessons from fellow players and coaches aimed at improving his leadership skills continuously.
Despite some less favorable developments, such as the departure of players like Danny Ings, Bertrand Traore, and Morgan Sanson, there is optimism surrounding Jhon Duran, one of Aston Villa’s young signings. Duran’s impressive performances have propelled him up the pecking order at the club, with his debut Premier League goal being a strong contender for goal of the season.
Rafael Lange, the sporting director, worked diligently to secure Duran’s transfer from Chicago Fire, a deal valued at around £18 million. Although Duran was relatively unknown outside Colombia and Major League Soccer, Villa has high hopes for his potential. Villa manager Unai Emery has expressed his support for the teenager’s development and contribution to the team.
Guehi acknowledges his imperfections and his occasional frustration, which he views as a natural aspect of being human. He aims to work on managing his frustration and maintaining a calm demeanor, particularly in challenging situations, recognizing that leadership requires composure. He emphasized that self-improvement is an ongoing process and that he is committed to working on his weaknesses daily.
Guehi’s future looks promising as a potential world-class defender for Crystal Palace. Despite being just 23 years old, he exudes the confidence and composure of an experienced defender in his prime. His captaining of the first-team squad and the admiration he receives from the club indicate his significant defensive abilities and emerging attacking attributes. Guehi has become a regular England international, and there is a strong belief that he could soon reach the highest levels of the sport.
Palace fans will hope that they can retain Guehi when the summer transfer window opens, and they can take comfort in his admission of imperfection, which demonstrates his strong mentality. Guehi’s presence has contributed to the robustness of the Palace defense.