Wilfried Zaha has quietly put his name forward as one of the best attackers in the Premier League this season. Oi, you at the back, stop laughing, we mean it!
While his Crystal Palace side have blown hot and cold this term – usually a trait associated with the former Manchester United wide-man – the two-cap England international has looked a threat in most games in which he’s featured, offering a genuine outlet on the wing.
Spurs were aligned with the 24-year-old over the summer, and it’s little surprise that their interest has, according to Squawka, been piqued again by the Ivory Coast-born ace. We’ve even weighed in on the debate, suggesting a few reasons why Zaha may be the perfect January addition for the Lilywhites, and here is yet more proof that he’s worth the fuss…
As the numbers show, Zaha has been an excellent orthodox wide attacker. His 67 take-ons is a division-high return, beating the likes of Eden Hazard, while his 21 chances created have translated to six assists – by far the largest tally within Palace’s ranks.
Interestingly, he’s been fouled 39 times, which shows that defenders are really struggling to cope with his direct style. This could be of benefit to a Spurs team in which Christian Eriksen is a real threat from dead balls and defenders like Toby Alderweireld can come forward into the box to provide aerial menace.
Overall, the north Londoners don’t possess a player like Zaha. People may scoff at the notion of him being a star worth signing, but he would provide a sometimes one-dimensional Tottenham team with another, more dynamic option, which could be of use given the number of games they’ve draw this term, six – the joint-highest quantity across the entire division.