According to Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are in talks over a possible January loan deal for none other than Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco, as Roy Hodgson is on a lookout for reinforcements due to their mounting injury list.
But if the former Atletico Madrid star really were to join, there would definitely be a clear winner and clear loser amongst the Palace ranks…
Zaha has been one of Crystal Palace’s biggest stars in recent times. Back in 2018/19, the now 27-year-old forward has managed to tally ten goals and ten assists throughout the campaign but his record has somewhat taken a dip in the ongoing season. As of right now, the winger has only scored three goals and assisted a further four in 25 games across all competitions.
With Carrasco potentially joining the team, albeit just on loan, there could finally be someone on the other side of that pitch providing Palace with a similar output and quality, lessening the burden on Zaha’s shoulders along the way. With 24 goals and 17 assists for the Chinese team, the 26-year-old Belgium international still has a keen eye for rattling the inside of the net and helping his teammates score as well.
By adding the 41-cap man to the squad, Zaha would get more space and the support he needs to thrive in Hodgson’s system even more.
Even though we’re talking about Crystal Palace’s top goalscorer in the 2019/20 Premier League season with six to his name, Ayew could be the one to suffer the most from Carrasco’s potential arrival. With Cenk Tosun’s loan spell, the centre-forward position has become much more under threat for the 28-year-old Ghana international but as a result, he has also been deployed out wide from time to time.
As per Transfermarkt, he was predominantly used as a centre-forward, playing there in a total of 19 games, but has also been used as a right-winger and a left midfielder as well. But interestingly enough, with Carrasco’s arrival, even the wide areas would be more contested and Ayew could find himself pushed out of the entire starting XI.
At the moment, that seems rather strange when talking about one of their best players this term, but with so much competition across the pitch, it’s more than just a possibility.