During a summer when Mauricio Pochettino ended up signing absolutely nobody to bolster his Tottenham Hotspur squad, he was linked with a swoop for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
The impact of that failure to secure a single new recruit is being keenly felt by a Spurs squad stretched to its limits by injuries and fatigue, so it would be little surprise to see the Argentine dip into the January market.
If he does, then a deal for Zaha could still be done. Palace’s overreliance on their talisman has not eased at all and as happy as the speedy wideman says he is at Selhurst Park, he must surely be growing tired of carrying his side’s hopes all on his own.
If Zaha does not fancy another relegation battle, then the weekend clash against Spurs offers him the ideal opportunity to audition for a move to north London; by impressing Pochettino up close.
Alternatively, he could show Spurs exactly what they missed out on. Watching them struggle to break down PSV, it was clear that they need more players who can beat a man and alter the pace of their attack.
A match-winning display would double the blow of failing to land Zaha in the summer; and perhaps make Pochettino more keen to do the deal in the mid-season window.