Crystal Palace are really doing all they can to keep hold of their talisman Wilfried Zaha.
According to the Daily Mail, the south London outfit have slapped a mammoth £80m price tag on the 26-year-old, a price tag that is likely to scare off all suitors.
Should a club be willing to pay that sort of money for Zaha, though, the same outlet reports that Crystal Palace will target Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish as a replacement.
With that in mind, here are two potential consequences that could follow Zaha’s possible exit and Grealish’s arrival.
Max Meyer Follows Zaha Out Of The Exit Door
While Grealish would be coming in to replace Zaha, according to the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old joining Crystal Palace could yet have ramifications on the future of Max Meyer.
Grealish is capable of playing in midfield, out wide and just behind the striker, roles Meyer can also fulfil.
This season, however, the Germany international has mostly been fulfilling those roles after coming off the bench.
And with that unlikely to change following the signing of a similar player like Grealish, Meyer could be forced into pushing for a transfer away from Selhurst Park in the near future.
Roy Hodgson Switches To A 4-2-3-1 Formation
As already mentioned, Grealish can easily play deep in midfield where he can drive with the ball, something he has done well under Dean Smith this term.
With that being said, the former England U21 international’s best position is probably closer to the team’s No.9.
From there, Grealish is able drift between midfield and attack to cause defenders havoc before creating a chance for his striker.
Considering that, Hodgson may want to use a 4-2-3-1 in certain games to completely unlock Grealish’s potential.
Alongside the addition of another attacker and Andros Townsend, Grealish could help to give Hodgson quite the attack and fill the void left behind by Zaha.
A change in system, rather than just bringing in a like-for-like replacement for Zaha, might be a better way of filling the loss of creativity that will come with the Ivory Coast international’s departure.
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