January remains a fair distance away and yet we’re already facing a constant stream of transfer rumours. The new season is very much in flow and we’ve had a good opportunity to look at the which clubs look like competitors and which clubs look like no-hopers.
When it comes to Liverpool and Arsenal, I’d argue that the Gunners look like competitors (though only with an outside chance) and the Reds look like they don’t have a hope in hell. Even the most optimistic Liverpool fan must now realize that this season will be at best, a transitional one.
Both clubs, according to Goal.com, are said to be in the market for Crystal Palace’s sensational young winger, Wilfried Zaha. This is a player with a big future and it’ll be interesting to see where he’ll end up.
At just 19-years-old, he’s widely acknowledged as one of the Championship’s best players and looks to have the ability and the nous to make it at a higher level. He’s largely come to attention recently because he’s grabbed two braces in his last two games. The truth is, however, he has been impressing for Palace since he was just 17-years-old.
He’s also featured for England at the U21 level. But should he make a move this January, or even next summer, where would he fit better: Arsenal or Liverpool?
I have to say, Arsenal are fairly well fixed down the wings. At the moment, they have Lukas Podolski, Gervinho, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Andrey Arshavin and more, all of whom have been known to play out wide. I’d say that Zaha and Theo are two similar players, but Walcott has more experience. What’s more, in Oxlaide-Chamberlain, the Gunners have an even brighter talent than Zaha.
Whilst Liverpool fans won’t want to see the development of young Raheem Sterling cut short, you have to say, Brendan Rodger’s side looks a little shorter out wide than the Gunners. With Liverpool unable to really splash the cash as a result of previous frivolities, Zaha may indeed be a viable option.
The Reds would be able to afford him regular game time, and Zaha would be able to offer the club more threat down the flanks than the likes of Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson. Now that sounds like a win-win to me.
What’s your take? Would Wilfried Zaha be a good addition at Anfield?
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