A few years ago in the Transfer Tavern, punters were raving Wilfried Zaha as one of the hottest prospects in English football, and looked like a lad destined for a long and fruitful career at the top of the game, both domestically and on the international stage for the Three lions.
Zaha, who is still only 22, burst onto the scene with his now current club once again, Crystal Palace. This earnt him a big money move to Manchester United under David Moyes’ tenure.
However, after a difficult period at the Theatre of Dreams for the young winger, Palace managed to swoop in and rescue him from this torrid spell and resign him in January.
And now today Palace boss Alan Pardew has come out to publicly slam the treatment of his player. The Mail are reporting that Pardew feels United set back Zaha’s development by a year and that big clubs are ruining young talent. He said:
‘Manchester United took a risk, really because he hadn’t done it at Premier League level. Maybe you could argue he needed a year in the Premier League to really develop and the year going to Man United set him back, there’s not doubt about that.’
‘He didn’t get game time, didn’t get the experience, he was trying to get into a great team. It’s very difficult.’
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