Wilfried Zaha expected to receive summer bids
For Crystal Palace fans, the summer of 2021 feels like a pivotal one for the long-term future of the club. With the team now under new management after the departure of Roy Hodgson, fans are keen to see what the future looks like. With Patrick Vieira in the door as the new coach, fans are excited to see what comes in the next season. However, one player that might not be sticking around is one you might expect: a forward Wilfried Zaha.
The Ivorian superstar has been the key cog to Palace’s Premier League survival for so long now. His form since returning from Manchester United has seen him regularly linked with a move back to the upper echelons of the league. However, whilst most fans would be keen to see Zaha stick around for ever, one former player believes that an exit this summer could take place.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, former Eagles midfielder Darren Ambrose was clear that he would see an exit for Zaha take place this year. With over 110 games for Palace, Ambrose was a regular during a tumultuous period for the club, playing from 2009-2012 and contributing in some key moments for the team. However, his words might feel ominous for Palace fans who were hoping to see Zaha stick around.
What did Darren Ambrose say about selling Wilfried Zaha?
As part of the TalkSPORT team, Ambrose is a semi-regular pundit who is regularly asked to fill fans in on all things Crystal Palace. Alongside many other former names involved with the club, though, Ambrose believes that an exit could be closer than some fans want to think.
“Wilf Zaha is a big one for me,” said former Eagle Ambrose. “I think what hurt him last season is the injury to Eze.
“I think if he was fit and firing then potentially Wilf could be looking to move on. Patrick may come in and say ‘I want to get the money and I want to spend it. And I want to build the squad’.
“But to come into a new club and lose your two best players – near-on the whole season for Eze, we don’t know how long he’s out for and if Wilf leaves – then I think he will struggle.
“For £50 million, I think they would sell him now. I really do. We have seen it with Ben White, he is overpriced at the moment. Is Ben White worth £50 or £60 million then I don’t think he is?”
As noted, the fees being thrown around for players at present has reached new levels of concern for the long-term health of the game. Still, Palace are expected to take offers more seriously for Zaha this year, as the player has grown somewhat unsettled as he looks to move on finally.
With over five years of asking, it might be this summer that Palace fans need to accept that Zaha could do with a fresh start in another team.