Tottenham Hotspur have endured a mixed opening to the season, with events both on and off the field giving the supporters plenty of cause for frustration.
Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have not quite managed to capture their rhythm just yet and the cloud of uncertainty which looms over the opening of the new stadium remains an unwelcome presence.
Problems which have emerged this season have served to compound the growing feeling of discontent after Tottenham became the first team in Premier League history to fail to sign a new player during the January transfer window.
Months of intense speculation produced nothing for the Spurs fans to get excited about; the only consolation has been the electric form of Lucas Moura as the Brazilian has felt like a new signing after playing nothing more than a bit-part role following his January switch earlier this year
Sure, Pochettino has plenty of quality options in forward positions at his disposal, but with no obvious replacement for Harry Kane in place, Eriksen struggling for form and Son Heung-min lacking much by way of direct competition on the left-wing, there is plenty of room for another talented forward.
With that being said, Daniel Levy should defy tradition and splash the cash on a versatile forward who possesses the ability to single-handedly influence the outcome of proceedings.
And one man who perfectly fits the aforementioned description is the jewel in Crystal Palace’s crown, namely Wilfried Zaha.
Crystal Palace signed Zaha from Manchester United for a measly fee of just £3.45 million in 2015, and since he moved to the capital he has blossomed into a devastating talent to be feared.
With direct dribbling, scintillating speed and intelligent interplay at the heart of his game, Zaha has saved the Eagles from inevitable doom in the past two seasons.
Typically the sole source of attacking inspiration for Palace, Zaha completed more than 4 successful dribbles per game last season and his return of 9 goals saw him finish as the club’s second top goalscorer – second only to regular penalty and free-kick taker Luka Milivojevic.
Considering what Zaha has managed to achieve at Palace, its fair to assume that his record would naturally improve when surrounded by players of a higher calibre, and the energy he would inject into Tottenham’s attack would bring a whole new dynamic to their potency in the final-third.
The only problem for Spurs supporters is that Levy’s prudent history in the transfer market suggests that he will be unwilling to meet the extortionate price-tag Palace would naturally demand for his services, as they are in a desirable position from which to make a healthy profit.
But if Levy wants to hand Pochettino a player who can genuinely take Tottenham to the next level then he would be wise to fork out for the Ivory Coast international.
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