Wilfried Zaha: Tottenham’s perfect target

Christian Eriksen is flourishing, Dele Alli is one of the best young players in the world, and Harry Kane is Harry Kane.

Spurs have an attacking triumvirate as good as any in the Premier League. In Heung-min Son, they have an influential, versatile supporting member.

While Erik Lamela remains sidelined, and various bench options have fallen short, their impact players are distinctly limited, however. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is seldom seen, Clinton N’Jie likewise, and Vincent Janssen could not score.

Fernando Llorente is a different option, but away from he and Son – who is often a starter – Spurs are short. The Manchester clubs have multiple options, Chelsea have Willian and Michy Batshuayi, and Liverpool seem to have collected an endless line of attackers.

One man – who the Lilywhites have been linked with previously – stands out as a perfect solution: Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivorian has come of age in the last couple of years. From gifted entertainer, he now delivers in the final third, and is a fearsome threat whether used in the middle or on the flank.

His move to Manchester United was all wrong. It perhaps came too early, but it certainly came at the wrong time for the club. He is now ready for a second crack at a top six side.

Crystal Palace will be reluctant to part with the player who, almost singlehandedly, carries their hope of avoiding relegation. It will take a fee that might make Daniel Levy wince, but there are few players as ideal for Tottenham right now.

Without being a starting necessity, Zaha could bed into the Mauricio Pochettino way during the second half of this season.

The prospect of bringing the mazy dribbling of Zaha on from the bench would change Spurs. The pressure would not be as enormous as if signed as a replacement for a current key man, it would be a window for Pochettino to work with the 25-year-old. He has come of age, making it the ideal time for Pochettino to take him to the next level.

The raw talent was spotted in his teen years. Zaha, albeit in a struggling team, has begun to show flashes of converting that talent into goals. Few players in the league beat players with the ease of Zaha, something that Spurs could no doubt benefit from.

It might not be a name associated with Champions League glory that their Premier League clubs will be drawn to, but few of Spurs’ current squad were when they signed with the Lilywhites. Zaha provides something Spurs lack, something they need, and could develop into a truly special player under Pochettino.


Written by Sam Cox

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