Former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison believes Wilfried Zaha will not be allowed to leave Selhurst Park this month due to the number of replacements that would be required in the event of his departure.
Will this be Wilfried Zaha's final season at Crystal Palace?
Zaha has long been linked with an Eagles exit with the Ivorian previously stating that he wanted to leave for a club in the Champions League – though no such move materialised despite bids from Premier League sides.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, while Morrison suggested that Zaha has earned his move from Palace and that the time is right, Palace are likely to keep hold of their man until the summer so that they can find the time to source players to fill the void the winger would leave.
He said: “He wants to play football and he wants to play for a team that’s in the Champions League. He just wants to go and play for a bigger club. He’s done ever so well at Crystal Palace and the time is right now to move.
“I don’t think it’ll be in January, because if you lose a player [of Wilfried Zaha’s quality], you need to sign at least three or four players at Crystal Palace and I don’t think they’ll be able to bring in replacements in January.”
It seems as though Morrison’s suggestion that ‘the time is right’ should not be taken too literally, given that he believes that the 27-year-old is not due to depart in the coming weeks.
However, Morrison may be correct in his theory over the winger’s immediate future. Multiple outlets have reported that Bayern Munich have been in touch with Palace over a potential loan deal which has been swiftly shut down – which suggests the Eagles are undertaking a firm stance on their player.
Although, Roy Hodgson has previously admitted that the club may have to ‘consider serious offers’ for the player in the current window, which suggests that a move this month is by no means impossible.
With demands in the summer of around £80m for Zaha, whether clubs are willing to meet whatever their present valuation is for him remains to be seen.
Either way, it seems only the end of the window will bring about an end to the speculation – until the summer, at least.
Palace fans, is there any chance Zaha sticks around a bit longer? Let us know your thoughts below!
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