The Chalkboard: Palace targeting Lookman could be last throw of dice to keep Zaha

Crystal Palace are targeting a summer move for Everton winger Ademola Lookman according to The Daily Mail, and it could prove to be a last tactical throw of the dice by the club to try and keep the want-away Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park.

On the chalkboard

The Eagles look set to face an uphill task to convince the Ivory Coast international to stay in south London over the next few months as he eyes Champions League football.

The 26-year-old ended the 2018/19 campaign with 10 goals and 10 assists in 34 Premier League appearances, mainly playing either from the left wing or as a striker.

Zaha featured as a centre-forward when Christian Benteke was injured and Jordan Ayew out of form, and it would certainly be an interesting to see him play in that position for a whole campaign to discover how many goals he would get.

Signing Lookman would allow that to happen

If Palace manage to pull off a deal for the out-of-favour Toffees winger, he would likely come straight into the starting XI under Roy Hodgson.

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The 5 ft 9 former Charlton youngster has tended to feature from the left during his career to date, which would suggest that it would be him and Andros Townsend on either flank.

Having Lookman available would then allow the former England manager to hand Zaha a consistent striker’s role, and testing and establishing himself in that position would surely be something that would interest the attacker given he has all of the attributes to be a success there.

Should he join Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool or any Champions League outfit, it seems pretty certain that he would be used out wide, if he can get in the team on a regular basis at all.

It may well be a final ploy to keep the 26-year-old at Selhurst Park, but anything is worth a go to try and keep an individual who is so vitally important to Palace.

Even if they sign Lookman and don’t keep Zaha, at least they have a player who fits in perfectly to their effective style of play.