Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace’s big money decision would single-handedly destroy survival hopes even if they stay up

The Crystal Palace fans in the Transfer Tavern were absolutely delighted by their side’s 2-0 victory over Huddersfield at The John Smith’s Stadium last weekend. 

The Eagles were on a barren run of form prior to their trip to Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon following a tough run of fixtures against quality opposition, but they managed to end that spell with a convincing victory which enabled them to climb out of the relegation zone and move within 1 point of their opponents. Roy Hodgson could have singled out a handful of his players for individual praise, but one man who clearly stole the show was the recent returnee from injury, namely Wilfried Zaha (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt).

The statistics don’t lie, during the 9 matches Zaha has been absent through injury this season, Palace have failed to collect a single point, so it’s no surprise that his return enabled his side to clinch their first victory in 8 matches last weekend. Although Zaha didn’t get on the score-sheet or provide an assist, his dazzling dribbling and direct approach served to consistently terrorise the Huddersfield defence all afternoon.

His importance to Palace’s success cannot be expressed highly enough, which is why recent reports which link him with a move away from the club are particularly concerning the resident Eagles faithful lining up our bar. According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are set to bid £40 million for his services in the summer, although that price is below Palace’s valuation of their crown jewel.

The hefty fee Palace would receive for Zaha could be used to reinvest in strengthening the overall quality of the squad, but despite this, it would be a foolish move for the Palace hierarchy to agree to sell their 25-year-old talisman. Every side battling to avoid relegation needs a player like Zaha who has genuine flair and creativity to offer in the final-third, as the presence of a quality attacking talent often proves to be the difference between relegation and survival.

With that being said, it’s absolutely imperative that Palace manage to fend off interest from Tottenham and other rival clubs during the summer transfer window, as failure to do so will significantly decrease their chances of staying up next season.

Of course, Palace still need to ensure that they survive this season, and Zaha will be pivotal to their efforts during the final 7 fixtures of the season. If they do indeed manage to secure their top-flight status, then they must do everything in their power to keep Zaha at the club if they wish to avoid another relegation scrap next season.

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