Having seen Wilfried Zaha linked with Chelsea and Tottenham over the weekend, Palace fans are waking up to the news that Manchester City are “ready to join the £40 million chase” for him, not that Mark Bright seems too impressed.
They wouldn't get me for that.
— Brighty (@Mark__Bright) December 19, 2017
We all know how the national press works by now, a player at a bottom half Premier League club pulls up a few trees and the papers take it in turns to link them to the top six in rotation with the aim of selling a few more copies. To their credit, it often works; punters are suckers for transfer gossip and the big numbers that get thrown around are seldom held to account but in this particular instance, The Mirror’s valuation is laughably off target.
Whilst the last thing I want to do is generate more interest in Wilfried Zaha from the “big four”, I can’t help but feel amused by the sudden explosion in interest over him from across the footballing spectrum. He’s been performing at roughly the same level for close to 18 months now, dragging Palace through games almost single-handedly despite being kicked all over the park by defenders along the way.
As such, the suggestion that we would even give an offer of £40 million for him the time of day is ludicrous in the extreme. As things stand, just six points separate the bottom nine teams in the Premier League with Palace placed right in the middle of that pack. To let the player who is rightly seen as our talisman go in January, particularly for such a paltry sum would be viewed as nothing more than professional suicide, making Bright’s tweet all the more amusing.
Without Zaha in the team this season, we’ve gained a grand total of zero league points, underlining just how important he is to us from week to week. Whilst it may prove difficult to keep hold of him over the summer if his performance levels remain the same between now and May, the prospect of losing him in the New Year remains squarely out of the question, regardless of what the press may choose to print in a bid to line their pockets.