Transfer insider Dean Jones thinks that Wilfried Zaha will ask for a transfer this summer away from Crystal Palace.
The Eagles are set for a major overhaul this summer, with plenty of players on the verge of being shown the exit door at Selhurst Park when their contracts come to an end. Meanwhile, in the dugout, it was confirmed earlier this week that manager Roy Hodgson will be leaving the club as well.
So there is certainly a lot of work that needs to be done by the new manager, and there could be one more departure on the way, according to Jones.
Speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk, Jones pointed out just how bad the situation is for Palace over the summer, and hinted that things could get even worse if Zaha pulled out his old trick of submitting a transfer request as he has done in the past:
“It’s a really unstable time. And on top of that, you’ll have Wilfried Zaha looking for a transfer in the next couple of months, because that’s what he does every summer. It’s a really difficult job for whoever comes in, to be honest.”
TIF Thoughts on Dean Jones’ comments about Wilfried Zaha asking to leave Crystal Palace…
Should Zaha leave Crystal Palace?
If Jones is right and Zaha does go down the route of asking for a transfer, then the 28-year-old could actually be doing Crystal Palace a favour.
Whilst there’s no doubt how important he is to the club, contributing to 31% of their goals in the Premier League this season, his value to them in the bank account could help the new manager coming in.
Whilst he may not be worth the full £100m that Palace were reportedly looking for a few seasons ago, given the economic impact clubs have been under, potential suitors might not be able to pay that much anyway, and if they can fetch a substantial fee, the Eagles could set themselves up with a pretty big war chest to see themselves through the summer overhaul.
So this could end up being a blessing for whoever the new manager is if indeed Zaha does go through with it.