Tottenham Hotspur could be set to reignite their interest in Wilfried Zaha this summer…
That’s according to Goal, who claim Spurs have ‘strong interest’ in the Crystal Palace star and will look to pursue a move for him in the upcoming transfer window.
It’s thought that the managerless North London outfit are monitoring the situation and there is a belief that the 28-year-old forward could be available for as little as £40m.
Zaha was subject to interest from former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino back in 2016, when Eagles chairman Steve Parish revealed to talkSPORT (via Goal) that the Argentine thought he was “the next [Cristiano] Ronaldo.”
Spurs then baulked at their £70m asking price in 2018. too.
But nearly five years on, is Zaha a player that is still worth pursuing? The answer has to be yes, especially given the ongoing situation at the club.
Not only does Harry Kane want to leave but it seems rather unlikely that a return for Gareth Bale is off the cards, with reports in Spain suggesting that he could shock the footballing world and retire after this summer’s European Championships.
Spurs are thought to hold an extra year option on his current loan deal from Real Madrid, though if he’s bowing out after a 14-goal campaign, then Daniel Levy better start looking for a replacement for his next boss to use.
Zaha fits the bill immensely.
He’s still one of the best wingers in the Premier League on his day and that top-flight experience could prove crucial over any other options they may target in the summer.
Across 245 appearances, he’s directly contributed to 88 goals, with 11 strikes and two assists coming from this disappointing campaign alone, as per Transfermarkt.
Bale’s one goal or assist every 87 minutes across all competitions this term is going to be rather hard to replace, even if he only started 19 games but a player of Zaha’s calibre could ease the pain.
The Ivory Coast international has regularly proven to be a nuisance in attack, averaging 1.1 key passes and a whopping 3.4 dribbles per game throughout his career, via WhoScored.
That sort of feat would see him sit top of the dribbling charts, ahead of Tanguy Ndombele (2.2), who is arguably Spurs’ best player on the ball right now, and not far behind the creative exploits of Harry Kane (1.4 key passes per game) and Heung-min Son (two), also via WhoScored.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson has waxed lyrical about Zaha’s qualities before, claiming that he is his “game-changer” who the side depends on – very much similar to Kane and Bale during the back end of this season.
The attacking dynamo has also been lauded as “phenomenal” by rival coach Mikel Arteta, so many in the top-flight know about the threat he poses.
£40m is certainly going to be a substantial wedge of Levy’s summer transfer budget but given the likely void left behind by Kane, you will not find a more perfect successor than Zaha.
He must look to seal the deal this summer.