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Wilfried Zaha: Time for Crystal Palace winger to force big move away?

Wilfried Zaha was subject of intense transfer speculation over the summer. Arsenal were strongly interested in the boyhood Gunners fan, so much so they launched a £40 million bid of him. However, Crystal Palace were stubborn on their £80 million valuation. The North London side subsequently turned to Nicolas Pepe and left Zaha stranded in Croydon. Now 27 years of age, when will he get the move he desperately wants?

‘I’m counting on Wilf, I’m delighted to be working with Wilf but when the transfer window is coming around I can never say exactly what will happen’

Roy Hodgson on Zaha transfer situation

The Ivorian international has performed consistently for a mediocre Eagles side for almost several seasons now. Dragging them over the line with moments of magic and being the focal point of an otherwise underwhelming attack, it’s no surprise he’s had enough. I mean Christian Benteke, enough said. It was widely reported that Zaha submitted a formal transfer request. Yet despite his demands, the club have clearly priced him out of a move.

Fair game from Palace?

Wilfried Zaha

Despite popular opinion, I’d say it’s fair. He signed a 5 year contract with them at the beginning of last season. At a time where he was clearly one of the league’s most on form players. If the former Manchester United winger REALLY wanted a move, why would he commit to a long term deal? Even if it was money motivated, there’s no doubt he would have had his wages increased with a move away. On that basis, you could strongly argue Palace are well within their right to hold him to his deal and subsequently raise the asking price to compensate. Harsh, but it’s on Zaha.

Wilfried Zaha – Time is of the essence

Now, I fear time is running out for a move for Palace’s all time top-scorer. With still a large amount of time running on his deal at Selhurst Park, he might have to resort to strike action to force the move through. The last thing both parties want considering the relationship he’s built with the fans. On and off the pitch. You have to feel bad for him that his move fell through. Yet I admire his professionalism to continue putting 110% in every game he plays.

Wilfried Zaha

3 goals and 1 assist in 17 appearances for the Ivorian international in 2019/20 isn’t great. Yet an incredible 4.3 dribbles per game clearly show he’s not downing tools. He doesn’t strike me as that sort of person either. A superb goal yesterday against Brighton perhaps shows he’s back to his best.

A way out?

Chelsea have been linked with a move for the former Cardiff City loanee. With the Blues’ transfer ban lifted, Frank Lampard wants to bring reinforcements to Stamford Bridge. Zaha deserves and needs this move to kick on his career. I think he’s hit a ceiling at Palace and needs to push for this move. Though it was too soon for the switch to United, I think this is the perfect time for a big move.

Now he’s changed his agent. If that’s not an indication he wants a move away either in January or the summer, then I don’t know what is. According to Sky Sports, Pini Zahavi has held preliminary talks with German giants Bayern Munich. Though the move seems unlikely, I think it would be a good move for both parties. The Bavarians want a long term replacement out wide, considering Coman’s awful luck with injuries. Zaha could be the one if they can’t lure Leroy Sane to Allianz.

Frank Lampard

As aforementioned, he’s 27 years old, now approaching his prime. In my opinion, Wilfried Zaha has to move either in January or the summer, before it’s too late. He’s too good to waste his best years fighting for Premier League survival. No offence Crystal Palace fans.

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