The last few days have seen speculation reignite over Wilfried Zaha’s long-term future, thanks to supposedly renewed interest in him from Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.
Whilst every Crystal Palace fan the world over is desperate to hang on to the academy graduate for the rest of time as we know it, the last few months have forced our supporters to mentally prepare themselves for the potential departure of the talisman by the time May rolls around.
Of course, our continued Premier League status would enable us to satisfy the winger’s financial demands rather easily but the prospect of career progression will rightly be placed at the centre of any discussions Wilf and the club’s representatives hold once the current campaign draws to a close. It may not be particularly pleasant to hear but Zaha is not the wide-eyed star of tomorrow anymore, his game has reached a new level of late, provoking admiring glances from far bigger fish than ourselves.
It remains almost impossible to say with certainty how the next few months will play out in relation to the Ivory Coast international, thanks largely to the immense bond he shares with the Palace faithful. All logical arguments point towards an exit in the summer regardless of the division we’ll be plying our trade in but as the above piece articulates so well; things are never likely to be that straightforward when you’re discussing Wilfried Zaha and Crystal Palace FC.
As a supporter, it’s sometimes difficult to fully separate the club as a collective entity from certain individuals that represent it from week to week; few embody that particular conundrum more vividly in my mind than Wilf. He’s grown up with us, enjoyed almost every successful moment of his as a professional in our colours and understands the importance of the shirt to the people that make up the local community.
As a direct consequence, discussions like the one held in the article at the top of the page are often difficult to entertain but given our current predicament, we have no choice but to grin and bear it.