Tottenham legend says in-form Spurs target should stay where he is

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has suggested Tottenham target Wilfried Zaha “takes a pause before considering White Hart Lane” this summer.

The in-form Crystal Palace winger scored one and assisted the other for Christian Benteke in the Eagles’ brilliant 2-1 win against Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday, to take his tally in the top flight this season to six goals and seven assists.

The performance at Stamford Bridge gave the 24-year-old a place in Crooks’ Premier League Team of the Week, but the former Spurs player has warned the Ivory Coast international about making the move to north London at the end of the season.

Zaha left Selhurst Park for Manchester United in 2013, but he made just four appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils before returning to the capital on a permanent basis in 2015.

Crooks told BBC Sport: “Another season at Crystal Palace under the tutelage of Allardyce may be more beneficial to his overall development.

“Spurs have enough Fancy Dans in their line-up without adding to them.

“Palace, on the other hand, are in desperate need of flair and exuberance in an otherwise functional, but effective outfit.”

The latest reports in The Guardian suggest that Mauricio Pochettino has been joined by London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign the forward – who has been offered a bumper new deal by Palace – but the chance of playing European football could be too good an opportunity for Zaha to turn down at this stage of his career.