Crystal Palace’s star man Wilfried Zaha is out of the first-team picture at the moment, not that it’s stopped newspapers from once again linking him with a summer move to this weekend’s opponents Tottenham Hotspur.
The North London outfit have had a long-standing interest in the Eagles’ academy graduate, seeing bids of £12 million and £21 million turned down without a second thought in recent years but now, there are suggestions that Pochettino and co. will return for a third time once the 2017/18 season reaches its conclusion.
Having recently heard Steve Parish suggest that the sale of Wilfried Zaha is out of the question, you would imagine Spurs will be made to pay through the nose if they are to prise the winger away from Selhurst Park between May and August, with his price-tag likely to sit well above £50 million if Roy Hodgson manages to keep us afloat in the Premier League for another year.
Of course, should we go down into the second tier, it would be virtually impossible to keep hold of a player as talented as Wilf but even so, Tottenham’s current wage structure could present a serious stumbling block in their attempts to lure Zaha away from SE25.
The 25-year-old currently takes home in excess of £100,000-a-week at Palace; a figure that is believed to be higher than any wage packet across Spurs squad at the time of writing. Of course, Daniel Levy may choose to shatter that over the summer but with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen already on their books, he would be forced into giving them parity with the new highest earner in a bid to maintain an element of harmony within the squad.
For me, if we do manage to survive the drop this term, we must do everything within our power to keep hold of Zaha. You don’t need me to tell you that the current crop of players are geared towards getting the best out of him, so much so that when he’s not part of the match-day squad, we visibly struggle to create anything approaching attacking momentum. His departure would mean a massive reboot of the side and with a large number of players set to reach the end of their contracts this summer, the tremors caused by Wilfried leaving would potentially be too wild to contain.
Watch this space.