The Verdict: Can Jack Grealish replace Wilfried Zaha at Palace?

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According to The Daily Mail, Jack Grealish is being lined up as a replacement for the potentially-outgoing Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace this summer – the Ivorian’s exit would leave the Eagles very short of creativity and flair in the final third and the Aston Villa man is surely seen as the player to spark some life into the attack again.

Zaha has seemingly outgrown Selhurst Park and has expressed his desire to fly the nest in the coming months in search of Champions League football, and there will surely be no shortage of suitors ready to offer him that.

While his departure shouldn’t leave a sour taste, it will leave Roy Hodgson’s side without their talisman and it will take some doing to replace the electrifying number 11.

Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts on whether 23-year-old Grealish, who has chalked up six goals and six assists with Aston Villa this campaign and is rated at £35m by his current employers according to The Daily Mail, can become the Eagles’ next star below…

Luke Glanville

“I think that Jack Grealish can certainly help to fill the attacking void left by Wilfried Zaha and he’s a must-have if the Ivory Coast international leaves Selhurst Park. Obviously, he’s no like-for-like replacement but if the Eagles can also recruit someone like Ademola Lookman alongside Grealish, who is clearly ready to return to the Premier League one way or another, they can cope with Zaha’s loss.”

Matt Dawson

“There’s not too many players in English football that could help fill the void left behind by Zaha, let alone a player who’s been in the Championship for two years. There’s no doubting Grealish’s talent but in terms of replacing the Ivorian, he’d have an uphill task. The player has come on leaps and bounds this season but I have to doubt whether he’s the type of player the Eagles should be looking at. His dribbling ability will excite but he’s got nothing on Zaha.”

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Billy Meyers

“It’s a tough one, certainly. Many Palace fans will tell you that Wilfried Zaha’s talents cannot be replaced, as, in addition to his obvious on-field expertise, the Ivorian has a love for the club just like the supporters also share. However, there is a reason why a Champions League side in Tottenham were desperate to sign Jack Grealish back in the summer. The Englishman is an excellent player, and seeing as he is three years younger than Zaha, he could yet grow into the winger’s boots at Selhurst Park – for now, however, I don’t think he will get close to replicating what Zaha brings to the side.”