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Why is Wilfried Zaha the perfect signing for Tottenham Hotspur this summer?

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Why is Wilfried Zaha the perfect signing for Tottenham Hotspur this summer?

The Ivorian attacker has been in fantastic form for Crystal Palace recently and is a long-term Spurs target.

Crystal Palace were unlucky not to take all three points against Bournemouth in the Premier League last weekend. The Cherries scored late to steal a 2-2 draw from the game with the Eagles. It had looked as though Crystal Palace’s talisman had earned them all three points. Wilfried Zaha had smashed in from the edge of the area to give Palace a 2-1 lead, prior to Josh King’s late equaliser.

It was a performance which will once again have admirers of the Ivory Coast attacker on full alert. One such team is rumoured to be Tottenham Hotspur.

The North London side was linked with his signature back in the summer, but no deal ever came about. In February, The Times reported that Spurs were keen on a £50 million approach in the summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on March 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Of course, it would not be the first time Zaha left his beloved Palace for ‘bigger’ things. His move to Manchester United in 2013 quickly turned sour and he returned to Palace in the summer of 2014.

Back then he seemed to be immature still and lacking in end product. That no longer seems to be the case. Zaha is thriving in the role of leader at Selhurst Park in recent weeks and looks far more capable of dealing with a big money move should he get one in the summer.

On top of his improved mental capacity, the 25-year-old would be a perfect addition to the Tottenham side.

Occasionally, when operating with four at the back, Spurs’ ‘wide’ midfielders become too narrow. Having Zaha hugging the touchline could be a whole new beast in Pochettino’s tactics.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 20: Wilfried Zaha of Manchester United looks dejected after missing a scoring opportunity during the match between the A-League All-Stars and Manchester United at ANZ Stadium on July 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Not only can he play from the wing though. Zaha has proven an ability to play through the middle as the main striker in recent months and that could give Tottenham something they desperately need.

Harry Kane is often exposed as Spurs’ only decent striker. Recruits such as Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have both failed to be a potent back-up to the England striker.

Zaha could certainly fulfil that role, as well as being a top regular wide-man.

£50 million is undoubtedly a little bit rich for Daniel Levy’s notoriously frugal blood. But judging by the boxes Zaha could tick for Spurs, the Spurs chairman may have to cough up.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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