A highly-rated player linked with Tottenham Hotspur is bound to get his “big move” eventually, according to his teammate (talkSPORT).
Spurs and Chelsea are believed to be long-time admirers of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to The Mail.
The Eagles ace came through the ranks at Palace and such was his talent that Manchester United snapped him up in 2013.
Zaha’s spell at Old Trafford didn’t quite go to plan and he returned to Palace in 2015, where he has developed into one of the Premier League’s most influential attacking players.
The 27-year-old is eager to prove himself at the highest level and, with Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard set to be handed big transfer budgets in the summer, his £80million price tag could potentially be met.
Fellow Palace winger – and former Tottenham ace – Andros Townsend accepts that Zaha’s long-term future may well lie elsewhere, even if he is desperate for his fellow winger to stay.
“For myself, eventually he’ll get his big move and nobody at Palace will begrudge him that big move because he deserves it,” Townsend, who joined the Eagles for £13million, told talkSPORT (26 February, 11:30am).
“But hopefully we’ve got his talent for longer than this season. He loves Palace, he is a Palace boy and has been at the club for so many years and made 350 appearances. Once the window had closed, he thought ‘right, my focus is on Palace and I want to do as well as I can for Palace’. That’s the person that he is.”
Zaha has made no secret of wanting to prove himself at the very top, but Palace have played hardball over his services – and in all fairness, so they should, given how big an asset he is to the club.
However, both Spurs and Chelsea are expected to be handed decent war chests to bolster their ranks, and Zaha is a proven player at Premier League level, plus 17 caps for Ivory Coast.
Admittedly, with just three goals and three assists from 27 Premier League appearances this season, Zaha hasn’t quite met the superb standards he achieved last season.
Nonetheless, he is still capable of winning a game all on his own when at his best, which makes the thought of him in a team packed with world-class superstars very exciting indeed.