Will Donkin will be a huge star in Taiwan

Crystal Palace youth player Will Donkin has again been called up by Gary White to represent Taiwan in the last Asian Cup qualifier against Singapore later this month. The 17-year-old Crystal Palace youth player has yet to feature for the first team at home and in some way from achieving that, but he has already amassed four international caps for Taiwan.

Since Gary White became Taiwan’s manager he has embarked on epic trips around the island visiting as many schools, and football schools to promote football and the national team. It’s such a simple idea which will definitely generate interest in football but prior to Gary White arriving in Taiwan, it was virtually unheard of that the national team manager would visit schools and youth football clubs.

This time on those epic trips however the management team of Gary White, Louis Lancaster and David Rouse decided to take Donkin with them. They have done this in the past with Chen Hao-Wei who is an absolute superstar for Taiwanese football fans, but it’s not often that they have the chance to take a foreign-based player around to meet school kids.
If Donkin manages to forge any kind of senior professional career in the Premier League or the Championship he will become the most high profile player to ever represent Taiwan, he would surpass the level that Xavier Chen played at when he turned for KV Mechelen in the Belgian Pro League.

Another factor that Taiwanese football fans should consider when hoping Donkin can fulfil his potential in England, is that he is an attacking player. Up until now, the previous high profile foreign players have played in defensive positions.

Xavier Chen mainly played at fullback until he retired late last year, and Tim Chow essentially plays as a defensive player, these are still important for Taiwan to help the team with organisation and structure on the pitch, but if they managed to find an exceptional attacking player it could elevate the sport throughout the island exponentially. For this reason, we think Will Donkin has a big chance to be a huge hit in Taiwan in the future.

Currently, the two European based players in Taiwan’s squad are Will Donkin of Crystal Palace and Tim Chow of Ross County who play in the Scottish Premier League.

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