There has been mountains of speculation surrounding the future of Wilfried Zaha in the last few weeks but in the mind of the winger’s current boss Roy Hodgson, there is no immediate reason for the Palace faithful to panic about losing him.
The explosion of stories in the press regarding a possible move away from SE25 for Zaha stem from an interview the Ivory Coast international gave prior to our game with Arsenal, in which he stated that he would one day like to experience Champions League football. Inevitably, given the stature of Crystal Palace, such comments gave way to talk of a summer move elsewhere for Wilf but in Hodgson’s mind, it’s far from a done deal just yet.
With Zaha having put pen to paper on a big money long-term contract in south London relatively recently, the ball remains firmly in the Eagles’ court in relation to the transfer fee and whatever way you look at things, Wilf isn’t and never has been one to throw his toys out of the pram and go “on strike” in order to force a move away.
Some may suggest that the club playing on Zaha’s loyalty to us is a tad too calculated but with a squad member as pivotal as he is to us, it should come as no surprise to see that we’ll do whatever we can to ensure that he stays at Selhurst Park for as long as he possibly can. Obviously, should a bid come in that is simply too good to refuse (I’m talking £75 million upwards here) we may well have a difficult decision to make but as things stand, I don’t see there being any desire whatsoever from the board to cash in their chips on Wilf.
Any deal involving his departure would mean a complete rethink of the way in which we approach games from week to week, not to mention a rather large influx of new faces to the squad in a single transfer window. Such things come balanced with real risk, particularly for a club who have flirted with relegation year after year since getting up back in 2013.
It clearly sounds as though the club themselves have a direct plan in mind involving Zaha next season; let’s hope they get to implement it.