Crystal Palace should not replace Wilfried Zaha with Michail Antonio

Michail Antonio has been the subject of intense transfer speculation about a potential move across London to Crystal Palace, but is the versatile Englishman worth it?

Wilfried Zaha’s future at Selhurst Park remains uncertain, with a host of top Premier League clubs linked with the services of the speedster last month.

It remains unclear whether the Eagles see Antonio as a potential replacement for Zaha or as another addition to the squad, but the statistics don’t read too well for the Hammers player.

Valued at £15million on Transfermarkt, Antonio had a difficult season at the London Stadium, suffering injuries which limited him to 21 Premier League appearances.

Michail Antonio's statistics for West Ham this season

Even taking this into account, his return of three goals and one assist is poor for an attacking player, and his passing success rate of 68 per cent is well below what you would expect from a £15million-rated footballer.

Zaha contributed nine goals and three assists in 29 games for Palace in a season that was also interrupted by injury.

The main advantage of Antonio is his versatility as he is comfortable playing in defence, midfield and up front, but it is perhaps his failure to pin down one position and specialise which makes him a good player rather than a great one.

If Crystal Palace want a player in the same mould as Zaha then they would be wise to look elsewhere, but if they are looking for a £15million utility player, Antonio would do the trick.

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