The hype surrounding the young Crystal Palace player, Wilfried Zaha, is reaching epic proportions. Arsenal fans out there should just sit back, relax and watch the circus, because there is more chance of Nicklas Bendtner beating Ronaldo and Messi to the Ballon D’Or than there is of Arsenal signing Zaha in January.
I like the kid, he is a very good player and should have a bright future ahead of him. He is, however, only 20-years old, has not played 100 league games in the second tier of English football yet, and has just been given his first international cap in a friendly, as an 83rd minute substitute. Oh, and Palace are talking about £20 million.
It is not just the fact that Arsenal would never pay that much, even if he had Premier league experience, there are two obstacles even bigger stopping his transfer to the Emirates stadium in January. Firstly, Palace don’t want to sell him and don’t need to sell him. They are currently two points clear of Cardiff at the top of the Championship and have just appointed a manger, Ian Holloway, who has a proven track record of promotion to the top tier.
The rewards on offer for reaching the Premier league dwarf any transfer fee for Zaha, and the player is happy where he is. If Palace fail to achieve promotion, they can still sell Zaha in the summer for the same, if not more, money.
The second obstacle is Manchester United. According to the Daily Mail, Darren Ferguson has told his dad, the purple one, to sign the kid and United are determined to see off any competitors. Apparently, Zaha is seen as the next Ronaldo and United will pull out all the stops to get him.
For me, Raheem Sterling is a better player now and he is three years younger, and he is over-hyped. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is better than both of them but has not had a great start to the season, that can happen with young players. The Ox looked sharp and hungry when he came on against Spurs on Saturday, so hopefully his time off has helped.