Tottenham Hotspur Set To Reignite Their Interest In Crystal Palace Winger- A Sensible Move?

Mauricio Pochettino is set to revive his interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. The Argentine gaffer had earlier tried to sign the player in the last summer window but a bid of £12m got rejected by Palace. But according to reports, Spurs could reignite their interest and are ready to table a bid for the Ivory Coast international when the transfer window reopens.

Pochettino is believed to be an avid admirer of the player and his interest in the player is a testament to the talent Zaha possesses. Since he has taken charge, Spurs have been a completely different side. Players like Hary Kane and Dele Alli have become an integral part of the first team squad and the North London side are currently second in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace have been struggling this term and were languishing in the relegation zone. But after registering back to back wins, the Eagles have somehow managed to keep themselves out of the bottom three.

Zaha currently pockets £40,000-a-week and has a contract till 2020. If Palace do get relegated, it would be extremely tough for them to keep hold of this player. Spurs are expected to finish in the top four and that means Champions League football will be back at White Hart Lane next season which could be a big temptation for a young player like Zaha.

Pochettino invested on a couple of players in the summer transfer window and along with midfield recruitments, brought in two wide players Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Moussa Sissoko but both the players have failed to impress the gaffer. Nkoudou is yet to start in the Premier League while Sissoko has failed to replicate his form from the Euros. The French midfielder has started seven games but has failed to create any impact for the North London side.

Zaha’s inclusion will add to Pochettino’s options on the wing. The 24-year-old is very skilful and has good pace. But the one recurring issue has been his final passing.

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 16: Wilfried Zaha #11 of Crystal Palace FC controls the ball during the match against FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Crystal Palace FC defeated FC Cincinnati 2-0. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

At times he dribbles too much and holds on to the ball which makes it easier for the opponent players to close in. But given a proper platform, he could prove to be quite a handful, if he is given a chance under a manager like Pochettino who has a successful history of nurturing young players.

Zaha has been one of the most improved players at Selhurst Park. He did not get too many chances at Old Trafford but the prospective move to the White Hart Lane might kickstart his career on a bigger stage.

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Anirban Sarkar

Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

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