Wilfried Zaha is one of the best players in the Premier League outside of the top teams, and there is little surprise that Crystal Palace’s chances of escaping the drop to the Championship have enhanced since his return to action from injury. When Zaha was initially diagnosed with a knee injury in February, the worry was that he would miss the rest of the season. The former Manchester United winger, though, has recovered quickly and is now playing an important role in Palace’s quest to retain their Premier League status for the 2018-19 campaign.
Zaha is arguably the best attacking player in the Premier League outside the top six, and there is little surprise that Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with him. Spurs wanted the former United winger last summer, and the North London outfit are reported to be planning a £40 million bid for the 25-year-old winger this summer. It is going to be hard to keep Zaha next season, especially if they are offered £40m, but selling the winger would be a massive blow to the London club’s chances of having a successful season.
Palace should do their best to keep hold of Zaha for next season. If not, then they should not wait until the final weeks of the window to sell him. If the Eagles want to make sure that the departure of the winger does not adversely affect them, then they should strike a deal with Tottenham – or any other interested clubs – quickly, and then move fast to find an able replacement. Hodgson will also have to change his game plan and tactics, and a build a team who should not rely on one particular brilliant player to make things work. Zaha’s exit could lead Palace to a major overhaul.