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Amid this summer’s transfer saga involving Wilfried Zaha, a number of questionable opinions have come to light.
When people say respect the club the team etc loyalty to the club blah blah some of these clubs are evil look at how Crystal Palace have been moving dumb and blocking zahas move even though he gave them their all, how certain teams get new managers and force players out it’s mad
— SANTAN (@Santandave1) August 2, 2019
Asking price of a club does not = value ???? palace are the only people in the world to value him at 80m, and now he’s either gonna rot at Palace winning 0 in his entire career or be sold for like 20/30m in a season or 2 anyway, Palace are ruining Zaha’s career it’s jokes ?
— CharlieVlogs (@CharlieVincett) August 2, 2019
100 million Lool palace really gonna ruin zaha career like that
— Alex (@AlDee95) June 29, 2019
Here are just a few examples of what some supporters have been saying about the Eagles’ decision to slap a massive valuation on his head, with some reports saying that the figure is £80m whilst others have said £100m.
Nevertheless, the point still stands – Crystal Palace aren’t ruining Zaha’s career, but instead, they made it.
The south Londoners earned over £114m for finishing 12th last term. If Zaha is the difference between staying in such a cash-laden division or not, then Palace are well within their rights to charge what they are for him.
Aside from the financial aspect, who knows where the Ivorian would be now without Crystal Palace?
The Eagles were the ones to welcome the forward into their academy at the age of 12, spend years developing him and then hand him his first-team debut just five years later.
They were also the ones to grant him a dream move to Manchester United at just 20 years of age, having given him a platform to perform in the game.
To strengthen the argument even more, Palace were also the ones who wasted no time in bringing Zaha back to where he is adored after his move to Old Trafford turned into a nightmare.
Since doing so, the 26-year-old has rediscovered his mojo and become the exquisite talent that he is today, and he has Palace and only Palace to thank for that in terms of those in the footballing world.
The Eagles aren’t the ones ruining his career by denying him his move away this summer – instead, they are the ones who made the flamboyant attacker into the star that he is today, and anything suggesting otherwise is downright unfair on the club.