This summer saw Everton trying hard to bring Wilfried Zaha to the club from Crystal Palace. As reported by The Telegraph, the Ivory Coast international was left ‘devastated’ at his club’s decision to reject a £52 million bid from Everton for the player. According to The Guardian, Everton were willing to go as high as £70 million-plus Cenk Tosun for the player, who handed in a transfer request at Selhurst Park.
But Palace stood firm and Zaha remains an Eagles player.
On the opening day of the season, he started on the bench against, coincidentally, Everton. But Roy Hodgson gave him a starting role in the clash with newly-promoted Sheffield United this weekend.
It is fair to say that Zaha did not put in one of his best performances.
The attacker struggled to take on the Blades defenders and he certainly played like a man distracted.
The end result was an abject display all-round as Sheffield United picked up a 1-0 win.
Everton fans watching the game were certainly vocal about Zaha’s performance. Many were pleased that Everton did not manage to get a deal done for the player, based on this rather insipid display.
Others, however, suggested that Zaha was perhaps not at his best because of the confusion over his future in recent weeks. Here is how some Everton fans reacted to the 26-year-old’s display.
People still want Zaha based on that? Overpriced rubbish.
— Paul EFC 86 (@PaulEFC86) August 18, 2019
Tell me again how to Zaha to Everton isn’t an upgrade? https://t.co/oa4n4WTgGS
— Rose (@Rose_YouTubeEFC) August 18, 2019
Feel bad for Zaha https://t.co/RwnhNCA9Hw
— . (@ZanEFC1333) August 18, 2019
Send Zaha our way now may as well so he doesn’t have to play championship football x
— Tom (@TomEFC3) August 18, 2019
After watching Zaha struggle v Sheffield United then quite glad we didn’t get him, would struggle against top sides 💙⚽️💙 #coyb
— Stephen (@Stephenah62) August 18, 2019
Zaha didn’t look interested at all today
— Dan Foot COYB💙 (@DFoot) August 18, 2019
Glad Silva/Brands missed out on Zaha
— Richard (@lazyrichie) August 18, 2019
I think Wilfried Zaha wants another hug from Marco Silva. #SHUCRY
— Bradley Cates (@Bradley_Cates) August 18, 2019
You would’ve been so much better off selling Zaha. Could’ve used all the money to strengthen in all areas on the pitch, don’t think your midfield is too bad but other than that youse are awful.
— ForeverEverton (@ForeverEverton0) August 18, 2019