We may be more than a month away from the start of the January transfer window but Roy Hodgson has already spoken about the expectation of bids coming in for Wilfried Zaha from across the Premier League.
Despite spending a sizeable chunk of time sidelined at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, the 25-year-old winger has been the star of the show for Eagles so far and is likely to be the subject of interest from Tottenham & Arsenal at the very least when the New Year gets underway. As you would expect, the boss played away any speculation over his star’s departure with a completely straight bat, ensuring that headline writers weren’t given anything to sink their teeth into but the mere fact that he was asked for a comment hints at the hysteria to come.
Whilst it would be foolish of me to completely write-off the chances of Wilfried leaving Selhurst Park in January, it feels like an extremely unlikely development as things stand. The academy graduate penned a new big-money five-year deal over the summer and currently stands alone as the Eagles best player, suggesting that both Hodgson and Steve Parish will be desperate to hold onto him ahead of what is sure to be another nail-biting battle against relegation.
Of course, those with column inches to fill in the national press will suggest that Zaha himself is keen to move but as of yet, the man himself has given absolutely no indication of being unhappy at the prospect of staying to fight against the drop in SE25. Obviously, were we to succumb to relegation in May, the landscape would change dramatically for both Palace and Wilfried but right now, I simply can’t envisage a scenario which results in him leaving SE25 during the upcoming transfer frenzy.
A bid may end up coming that is simply too good to refuse but I would cautiously predict that our valuation of the player is well above anything that a top flight club would be willing to part with at this point in time.