Palace Are Refusing To Be Bullied By Everton Over Star Man’s Future

0 Posted by - July 11, 2018 - News

Both Everton and Borussia Dortmund have been heavily linked with moves for Crystal Palace man Wilfried Zaha over the last week or so but according to a piece in The Evening Standard, the Eagles board are refusing to even contemplate letting their star man leave.

At the start of the summer, a figure of £70 million was put forward by Palace chairman Steve Parish as the sort of fee he would be expecting to see from any of Zaha’s many suitors if they were serious about taking him off our hands. Fans across the country have laughed at the valuation since but from our club’s perspective, it was a demand put in place to fend people off rather than entice them in.

You often hear pundits saying that “every player has their price” and whilst that’s broadly true, the fee we’d be looking to receive in exchange for letting Zaha leave is likely to be far more than anyone is willing to spend. When you consider his importance to our tactical set-up from week to week, it’s not an exaggeration to suggest that his presence was the key to our Premier League survival last term; an achievement which netted us well in excess of £70 million at the end of the campaign.

To be fair to Wilfried, he has never once agitated for a move, meaning that the delay in him putting pen to paper on a contract extension is likely to be more about the financial incentive for doing so rather than a desperation to leave for pastures new. Yes, he’s already earning a large weekly wage but with his stock having risen since agreeing to a five-year deal in 2017, it’s only right for him to ask for more with Palace back at the negotiating table.

Clubs like Everton and Dortmund were bound to try their luck this summer when rumours of a potential contract niggle first broke but as things stand, I would still expect the 25-year-old to agree fresh terms before too long. He’s always played his best football in red and blue, a fact that he knows better than anyone. Hopefully, this now annual saga hasn’t got too long left to run for both our sake and his.

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  • Spiceboy July 11, 2018 - 6:14 am Reply

    I can’t believe Everton think they r a big club cracks me up 😂
    Our transfer policy is an absolute joke why aren’t we buying players & selling the likes of Wickham, papa & benteke to lower the wage bill & make room for fresh players.
    Also Townsend to Newcastle & Antonio from westham in what a down grade in player that will be & another injury prone one to join wickham & Williams . Freedman & Parish don’t have a scooby in the transfer market we need to recruit someone who does.

  • Help July 11, 2018 - 6:23 am Reply

    Spice boy I totally agree

  • Christo EFC July 11, 2018 - 6:24 am Reply

    Spice boy, we are a big club! Check the records on most English league titles. Zaha would love to play for a big club again! You’re just a small club in Croydon.

  • John July 11, 2018 - 6:51 am Reply

    Why is trying to sign a player bullying? Don’t palace ever try and sign a player?

  • Sharpy July 11, 2018 - 7:08 am Reply

    Yep awful we’are only about to kick off another season in the prem and a stadium upgrade on the way. Stop moaning ! A lot of the desision making must lie with Roy. I’m not sure what you think freedman does in the process ? I’m sure decisions are made by Roy and the board, he does the negotiations and identifys targets so hows it his fault ?

  • Spiceboy July 11, 2018 - 8:20 am Reply

    Sharpy the aim is to progress not stand still or go backwards. If u r happy with potentially zaha leaving, poor transfer activity & what looks like Antonio in for Townsend then you Sir have no ambition. Zaha is probably leaving due to transfer inactivity, no decent players joining & no ambition from the club. You did hit the nail on the head though what the F@@@ dies freedman do?

  • Spiceboy July 11, 2018 - 8:22 am Reply

    Also if Freedman identifies targets do u think Sloth, rakip and that other bloke we bought who has disappeared where great buys?

  • Sharpy July 11, 2018 - 8:40 am Reply

    Again freedman puts all the info from the scouts and the web together and puts it in front of Roy and the board for players that can fill a role and of a type they set. They choose the players and how much to spend so again what in that is freedmans fault. I hate him for walking away from the club but you are putting way to much on him.
    I haven’t made any comment on our business that’s another conversation I’m just fed up with people blaming freedman when he has an input but at the end of the day no say in what and when we do transfers !

  • Ben July 11, 2018 - 8:57 am Reply

    Apparently there’s a World Cup on at the moment, across the prem, transfers have been very thin on the ground. Personal opinion but I think we’ll see the transfer market kick into motion over the next couple of weeks once the World Cup is done and dusted.

  • Spiceboy July 11, 2018 - 9:13 am Reply

    Sharpy I’ve got nothing against you bud I always read and respect your comments one of the more intellectual and thoughtful members on here. I do however feel we have been let down whether that be Roy, Parish or Freedman in the recent transfer windows and something seriously needs to be addressed. The only decent window we had was under Big Sam 3 quality players bought in bar that the odd one here and there. The annoying thing is we were promised business would be done early Bournemouth, wolves, westham all our rivals are strengthening well we alas are not. Enjoy the game later Sharpy 🤞

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