Marley Anderson, Steffen Armstrong, and Ant McGinley discussed the latest goings-on in the Premier League during a recent edition of the Football Social Daily podcast and one of the topics of discussion that came up during the show is the possibility of Wilfried Zaha leaving Crystal Palace.
Zaha is currently valued at £39.6m by Transfermarkt, which makes him the Eagles’ most valuable player according to the website. Furthermore, the Ivory Coast international is also Palace’s highest-rated player for the 2019/20 campaign according to WhoScored.
Last summer, Zaha was linked with a move away from Palace, with both Arsenal and Everton allegedly showing interest in the winger. Palace chairman Steve Parish told the Daily Mail that he would allow the player to leave Selhurst Park if their valuation of the winger was met after he was reported to have ‘handed in a transfer request.’
Zaha ultimately didn’t leave Palace last summer, however, during a recent edition of the Football Social Daily podcast, McGinley brought up the topic of Zaha’s future and he shared that he believes it might not be “such a bad thing” for the Eagles if the winger left the club.
McGinley said: “I think it wouldn’t be such a bad thing for Crystal Palace if somebody like Zaha was to leave because, really, I think the way the game has moved in the last few seasons especially, it’s not so much about having superstars in your team, it’s about having a team that works really well.
“So, maybe something like Zaha leaving and going somewhere else would be the catalyst for them to become a more cohesive team.”
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McGinley seems to believe that Zaha leaving Palace could result in the team operating as more of a cohesive unit, however, the fact that Zaha is currently Palace’s highest-rated player in the Premier League this term according to WhoScored indicates that he has been an important part of the Eagles’ team this term and the club would still need to find a suitable replacement for him if he were to leave Selhurst Park this summer. Zaha’s impressive performances and value for Palace may make it important for the Eagles to try and hold onto him.