Tottenham plan to sign Wilfried Zaha this summer
It may not be the most exciting signing in Tottenham history, but Spurs are planning on acquiring Wilfried Zaha this summer. In doing so, the club would correct a costly failing that’s plagued Tottenham over the past two transfer windows. Mauricio Pochettino would finally have width in his club’s attack.
The Mirror are reporting that Spurs officials are confident they can reach an agreement with Palace to sign Zaha this summer. The Eagles reportedly value their talented winger at somewhere around £30 million pounds. That wouldn’t be a cheap signing for Daniel Levy, but it’s well within the club’s price range if they achieve Champions League qualification again.
Of course, the price could drop precipitously if Palace suffer relegation. They’re currently three points clear of the drop zone, but stranger things have happened. Tottenham’s finances could benefit from the Eagles dropping down to the Championship.
Regardless of the transfer fee, Zaha has the ability and style of play to drastically change the Spurs attack. Despite the club’s recent run of terrific form, they have struggled to create chances at times this season. Much of that difficulty stems from the club’s lack of support for striker Harry Kane.
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More specifically, the attack has a tendency to get bogged down in the middle of the pitch. The easiest way for Pochettino to solve his attacking issue would be to acquire a player who can stretch the opposition both horizontally and vertically. Zaha can do just that.
Fans need to stop thinking of Zaha as the inconsistent starlet who couldn’t hack it at Manchester United. His move back to Crystal Palace has allowed his personality and game to mature. He’s a much different player for Sam Allardyce than he was for Sir Alex Ferguson.
In his current state, Zaha is a strong, confident attacking player who can take on defenders at any time. His unique combination of pace and strength would be perfect playing alongside Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. Don’t forget, Zaha has shown the ability to punish opposing defenses with goals and assists. He’s equally dangerous in both areas.
I understand that signing a Premier League player we see every week isn’t quite as sexy as signing some European starlet. It also happens to be significantly safer. If Tottenham are able to sign Wilfried Zaha this summer he’ll certainly become an important cog in Pochettino’s dynamic Spurs attack.