Frank de Boer has been relatively quiet in the press since leaving Crystal Palace after just a couple of months in charge earlier this season but yesterday the Dutchman inexplicably spoke up the chances of Eagles winger Wilfried Zaha making a move to Liverpool in the not too distant future.
Whilst I’m not keen to have too much of a pop at Frank given the extremely brief nature of his reign at Selhurst Park, I think I draw the line at him discussing the possibility of our undisputed prize asset hot-footing it to Anfield at the earliest possible opportunity when all the noises coming out of SE25 are alluding to a hope of holding onto him for the foreseeable future.
After bemoaning his luck at losing Wilf to injury after our opening day defeat to Huddersfield, the Ajax legend goes on to say that the Eagles academy man could “definitely play for a much bigger club than Crystal Palace”; wording that I’m sure most will agree is in extremely poor taste.
I and I dare say many others are in agreement with Frank about the outrageous talent that Wilfried possesses but even so, it seems unnecessary for him as the club’s former manager, to be speaking so openly about his intrigue at the prospect of a summer move. In truth, the suggestion of a specific destination for the 25-year-old leaves me wondering about the nature of De Boer’s motivations when we could really do with as many people as possible encouraging the winger to stay put and build a legacy in south London that will outlast his and countless other player’s careers.
I’m not ashamed to say that I was sad to see Frank’s time with us brought to such an abrupt end and do feel as though he may well have turned things around were he given a little more time and a fully fit Zaha but even so, his latest comments have riled me, given the fact that he’s well aware of Wilfried’s importance to our club as a collective entity.