Zaha decent target for Tottenham, Chelsea but price tag too high

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea target Wilfried Zaha is worth £40m, reports the Metro.

What’s the word?

The Ivory Coast international has impressed for the Eagles this season, scoring six goals and creating nine assists in 31 Premier League appearances.

Zaha has been one of the major reasons why the club are close to securing their position in the top flight for another season.

The winger was instrumental in wins over Chelsea and Arsenal as he scored a goal and made another against the Blues and produced two assists against the Gunners.

Tottenham and Chelsea have been among the clubs linked to his signature in recent weeks, and now Allardyce has claimed that any suitor will need to fork out £40m for Zaha, according to the Metro.

“Personally, in today’s market, absolutely (he’s worth £40m). I just hope no one bids it.”

Is he really worth that much?

Allardyce is correct in his claim that today’s market has inflated prices, but the figure that he has attributed to Zaha does not quite match up.

There is no denying that the 24-year-old possesses qualities that an elite club would want – pace and skill – but he has not always been this consistent.

Zaha joined Manchester United in 2013 from Palace but failed to make an impact across a two-year spell and eventually returned to Selhurst Park.

Granted the winger was only 21 when he made the step up, but the fact that it did not work out is reason for caution for top-level clubs.