As has been the case all summer, the future of Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha remains the subject of much speculation this morning, with numerous news outlets reporting that his representatives have agreed personal terms with three London clubs, should United decide that they do in fact want to let him leave.
Following the arrival of new boss Louis Van Gaal, Zaha will have been hopeful of making a mark on the Red Devils’ first-team, but thanks to a shift in tactics from the Dutchman, it seems Wilf will be forced to try and impress in the role of an out-and-out striker, should he want to remain at Old Trafford for the long-term.
Although he is currently with the United squad on their tour of the US, there have been fresh rumblings of a supposed attitude problem, which despite being denied by Van Gaal, have caused a fair proportion of United’s fans to claim that Zaha doesn’t have the right mentality to succeed in Manchester.
With this in mind, it sounds as though the former Palace man’s agent has been busy, agreeing terms with West Ham, QPR and ourselves, in a bid to be ready to move quickly, should United suddenly decide that he is no longer needed.
Admittedly, it’s impossible to be sure that Zaha would favour a move back to SE25 over the chance to give life in East or West London a go, but given the difficulties he’s faced, both in Manchester and Cardiff since leaving Selhurst Park, you would have to assume we stand more than a fair chance of bringing him “home” before the transfer window closes.
Just as time can be a healer, it also has the potential to deaden memories, and for many the sheer brilliance Wilf showed in a Palace shirt will have become less vivid with each passing month. Whilst I can understand the logic behind those who claim that a deal which saw him returning could end badly, I will nail my colours to the mast in saying that for me, the positives of a move for the wide man far outweigh the negatives.
Will it happen? Who knows. I would certainly like to see it, though.