In a recent report, The Sun has claimed that AC Milan are hoping to recruit Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha in January. It is believed that the Italian giants are planning to secure the signature of the Eagles star as they believe that he will boost their Serie A title hopes this season (via The Sun).
Zaha’s Sensational Form At South London This Season
The Abidjan-born speedster has enjoyed a brilliant season at Selhurst Park so far after producing a string of goal-scoring displays as a key component of Roy Hodgson’s attack. He has made 14 appearances for the Eagles this term, finding the back of the net on eight occasions while registering two assists in various competitions.
Zaha has carried most of his team’s attacking workload by averaging 2.4 shots, 1.0 key passes, and 1.5 dribbles per game in the Premier League this season. However, the 28-year-old needs to take care of the ball a bit better when linking up with his teammates in the final third as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 76.4% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).
The 18-time Ivory Coast international has established himself as a top performer under Roy Hodgson’s tutelage. However, he might be tempted to seek a move to a top club like AC Milan where he might be able to compete for some major trophies in the coming seasons.
What Are The Ivory Coast International’s Best Attributes?
Zaha has shown that he can make some quick sprints using his electric pace in the attacking third. He has a low centre of gravity that allows him to make clever turns and is renowned for his ability to earn fouls deep inside the opponent’s half.
The ex-Manchester United winger has established himself as a prolific goal-scorer in the Premier League over the past few years. However, he can sometimes lack the tenacity to track back and defend when his teammates need his assistance, which can make him a liability on the field.
Why The Eagles Cannot Afford To Lose Zaha This Winter
Zaha is far from a polished attacker but still has the skill set required to succeed at the San Siro. However, as far as Palace are concerned, they cannot afford to lose him at any costs. Roy Hodgson has built a team around the Ivory Coast star, so if the Eagles lose him next month, they will find it difficult to bring in someone of his match-winning instincts in the winter transfer market. Therefore, Hodgson should not entertain any offers for Zaha in January if he wants his players to stay out of relegation trouble this season.