The last few weeks has seen plenty of speculation swirling over a possible move away from Crystal Palace for star man Wilfried Zaha but when push comes to shove, it seems the Tottenham faithful are far from happy at the prospect of bringing the winger in.
Whilst Pochettino is known to be a long-term admirer of the Ivory Coast international, Spurs’ wage structure, coupled with the delicate balance they already have in place personnel wise has put them off making a concrete bid so far this summer and with Palace slapping a £70 million price tag on the 25-year-old’s shoulders, it’s fair to say that Tottenham’s fan-base, as a whole, are far from sold on the idea.
Plenty outside the Palace bubble will look upon the valuation as ridiculous but to those of us who’ve seen the impact Zaha has on the Eagles fortunes when he’s fit and raring to go, it’s the bare minimum any of us would accept if we are to give the switch the green light. When a side don’t manage to pick up a single point without a particular player in the team, it stands to reason that they would look for a hefty reimbursement over his potential departure. Spurs fans can scoff all summer long but Zaha is “worth” what Palace (as the selling club) ask for, it really is as simple as that.
The academy graduate still has four years left to run on the deal he penned back in the summer of 2017, putting us under no pressure to sell time-wise. Neutrals can talk of Zaha potentially “forcing” a move away but until now, the man himself has shown no direct signs of wanting out, with the backwards and forwards in the press instead hinting at him angling for a pay-rise in exchange for a further contract extension.
From a selfish point of view, I’m more than happy to see Tottenham fans imploring their board not to pay what Palace are asking for; it’s exactly why the sky-high demand was made in the first place. Hopefully, a new deal is penned before too long, meaning we can stop all of this worrying and look forward to the start of the new Premier League season with hope.