Merson Implores Zaha To Turn Down Tottenham & Stay At Crystal Palace

2 Posted by - April 16, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

Wilfried Zaha has been heavily linked with a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur all season long but Paul Merson is adamant that the winger should turn Spurs down and remain in SE25 for years to come. 

These quotes from Merson see him pour scorn on the idea of Zaha leaving Palace for Tottenham. He’s spot on in my view. 

Whilst the Sky Sports pundit has got a reputation for spouting rather ridiculous views, his take on Zaha’s current dilemma is actually incredibly well thought out. I’ll be honest, I couldn’t quite believe what I was reading when I first saw the comments but as they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day. 

Yesterday’s game against Leicester City saw Zaha take centre stage in the stands as the Holmesdale Fanatics honoured the academy graduate with a display for reaching 250 appearances in red and blue a week or so ago. It is hoped, both within our fan-base and at boardroom level that such expressions of adoration will be enough to convince the Ivory Coast international to commit his long-term future to the club this summer. 

Normally, I would attempt to lay out the reasoning behind Zaha turning down Spurs myself but to my surprise, Merson has done an absolutely fantastic job of highlighting exactly why the winger would be better served by staying in SE25 within the piece attached above. I’m sure one or two of their fans will claim that it’s a consequence of the pundit’s association with Arsenal but quite honestly, it’s incredibly difficult to find fault in anything he says. 

Obviously, from a personal perspective, I can see the immediate attraction of a move to Spurs for any professional footballer but in Zaha’s case specifically, there are numerous factors to take into account before blindly assuming it will be a beneficial switch for him in the long run. I’m sure he’s got plenty of people advising him over what to do this summer but by saying what he has above, Merson has shown himself to be more switched on than many. 

Who would have guessed? 

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  • Richard C April 16, 2017 - 9:19 am Reply

    Wilf was solid again yesterday without dazzling like he has in recent matches. He does look happy on the pitch though. We all want him to stay, so let’s just offer him a decent contract and see what happens. I agree with you that this is a rare moment of clarity from Merson but I do think that football players are split between the loyals, (Le Tiss, Carragher, the Nevilles, Terry etc), those who move at every opportunity for money, (Adeybayor, Oscar, Costa and loads of other players) and those who are simply ambitious and move to a more successful clubs to further their ambition with little concern for their previous team. There are lots of them.

    I am just hoping that Wilf feels comfortable in the first group. Let’s face it, with a decent contract neither he nor his family will need to work again, but is that enough for him?

    • admin April 16, 2017 - 9:21 am Reply

      For me, a “highest earner clause” would be huge. If he knows he’ll be the top dog regardless of who else comes in, it could make all the difference.

  • NeilTT April 16, 2017 - 11:26 am Reply

    As a Spur, I would be very surprised to see Zaha in our team next year. We already have six attacking midfielders of a comparable standard: Alli, Eriksen, Son, Lamela, Winks, and Marcus Edwards (you may not know his name yet but you will), plus Onomah and Nkoudou. Levy prefers to buy young players before they are big names, partly as they are more likely to show loyalty, whereas by going to Man U Zaha has already shown that he won’t stick around if he has a better offer. The only way I could see it happening is if both Eriksen and Alli left, and even then Zaha would be pretty low on the list.
    We’ll do you a swap for Sissoko if you like, though?

    • admin April 17, 2017 - 7:58 am Reply

      Whilst I agree with the majority of what you say here Neil, you can’t really question Zaha’s loyalty.

      He was signed by Alex Ferguson and Manchester United whilst they were winning titles and we were in the Championship. He then came back on loan, got us promoted and left with our blessing. The media narrative regarding him being a “Money Grabber” couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • S-P April 16, 2017 - 11:40 am Reply


    From a Spurs perspective, I find it somewhat amusing that at the same time that he is saying, pretty much, ‘yeah, yeah. Kane should join United in the summer and I think he will do’, he is also coming out with this fabricated explanation as to why he doesn’t think anyone who is remotely linked with joining Spurs should do so. Palace fans should look at it in this context rather than just taking anything he says anywhere near face value. Deluded bitter P*ss-h**d ex-Goon imbecile 🙂

    As for Zaha, I always felt like he was judged unfairly by his United stint – it was exactly the wrong time to join them and I doubt he had the maturity to deal with what was going on there. I wouldn’t be put out if we signed him; wouldn’t be put out if he stayed at the Palace. Big Sam is what he is, however, doing what needs to be done now, and that’s fair enough. Not sure if his tactics are what Zaha needs to develop TBH.

    • admin April 17, 2017 - 8:00 am Reply

      As I say in the piece S-P, I do take Merson’s words with a giant pinch of salt.

      Whilst my own views do chime with yours mostly, the assumptions made by many over Sam’s tactics are genuinely wide of the mark. We’re playing some fantastic stuff under him right now.

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