Peter Crouch has claimed in his Daily Mail column that Wilfried Zaha would be best to avoid a move to Liverpool – or Manchester City – and also considered whether Zaha would be a good fit for Arsenal, ahead of the January window.
Zaha, 28, has been on fire for Palace this season – netting seven goals and laying on two assists in his nine Premier League appearances so far. He netted a brace in Sunday’s 5-1 win over West Brom.
The former Manchester United star continues to be linked with a move, making it clear in the past he wants to try something new despite clocking up an enormous 371 appearances for the Eagles – and becoming a club icon.
In his Mail column, Crouch was asked if he felt £80million-rated (FourFourTwo) Zaha is good enough to join a Champions League side. He thinks Liverpool and City would struggle to give him regular game time.
Crouch also thinks Arsenal would be the perfect move for Zaha, but that Arsenal are not currently in the Premier League: “Arsenal would be perfect for him but Arsenal are far away from being a Champions League.
“I doubt he would play regularly at Liverpool or Manchester City but perhaps a club abroad would consider him. The grass isn’t always greener and I do wonder whether the experience he had at Manchester United burnt him.”
TBR’s view – Would Zaha consider Arsenal move?
Even if it meant he would not be in the Champions League? Zaha is an Arsenal fan (Sun) and if he was presented with a move to The Emirates, it is surely unlikely that he would turn down that chance to join the Gunners.
Crouch is right, in terms of Champions League clubs – Liverpool and City have stronger starting line-ups that Zaha and it would see him force to feed off scraps. Manchester United proved he needs to be first choice.
At Arsenal, he would be. Replacing Nicolas Pepe, he would form an excellent front three with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Would Arsenal be willing to pay the required fee? Time will tell.