Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha consistently for the last two or three years but yesterday, a report in The Evening Standard suggested that Pochettino and co. have finally ended their interest in the 25-year-old, given the valuation the Eagles have placed upon him.
Roy Hodgson and Steve Parish have made no secret of the fact that Zaha is viewed as a pivotal member of the Palace squad throughout the 2017/18 season and following on from the winger’s decision to sign a five-year contract extension last summer, it sounds as though the club are looking to up his wages once again in the next couple of weeks to reiterate their appreciation of what he brings to the table.
In fairness to Wilfried, he has never rocked the boat, consistently going on record to remind traffic-hungry journalists that he is and always has been happy at Selhurst Park. Now widely looked upon as one of, if not the best player operating beyond the top six of the Premier League, some outside of the Palace bubble are baffled by our ability to keep him sweet but with a big-money contract and the love of his teammates and the Eagles faithful, he seems truly content with life as things stand.
Following his troubled stint with Manchester United, I know I’m not alone in feeling as though Zaha understands and respects how different life can be once you take the leap over the garden fence into a new environment. For all the talk of ambition and trophies, the connection he enjoys with those who visit SE25 every other weekend is, for want of sounding too cliched, priceless.
I dare say neutrals everywhere will look upon the £70 million price-tag we have put on Zaha as extortionate but as I said to many over the last few weeks, a player is worth what his club ask for prior to sanctioning a sale. To the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City he may be worth nothing like that sum but to Palace, it’s the least we’d be looking for as compensation for letting our talisman fly the nest.