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View Stirlingsays's Profile Stirlingsays Flag 21 Feb 22 4.55pm Send a Private Message to Stirlingsays Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add Stirlingsays as a friend

Zaha has spent a far amount of time now...years....looking for a big club to come in for him. He obviously knows that the price was the only impediment.

Now with a year away it seems that he will finally get his wish as both his and the club's interests are aligned.

Zaha has been....probably the single biggest factor in our success for the majority of a decade and while he's occasionally entitled he's also been the fear factor in the team.

If he goes it just makes next season that bit more exciting....however I don't want to get too far ahead of myself as we still have this one to navigate.

 


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View est1905's Profile est1905 Flag 21 Feb 22 5.04pm Send a Private Message to est1905 Add est1905 as a friend

I doubt anyone will ever meet the club's valuation of him. Our asking price is likely to have dropped to between 40 and 50 million by now yet any interested buyers would probably not be willing to pay more than 30m. Unless you happen to be Newcastle I suppose.
Only way I see him leaving now is if Parish drops his valuation right down (unlikely) or he runs down his contract and walks on a free in two and a bit years time.

 

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View beak's Profile beak Flag croydon 21 Feb 22 5.28pm Send a Private Message to beak Add beak as a friend

Originally posted by MrRobbo

Surely its not that hard to work out....best club team in the world, play 2 narrow wingers who will tuck in to pack the midfield and work back, free up Olise and Zaha to counter at pace, try to find them early.

Bar a single lapse of concentration, and some poor finishing we could have won it.

...but we would not have won it,we haven't won this year,dream on if you wish!

 

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View deetee's Profile deetee Flag 21 Feb 22 5.32pm Send a Private Message to deetee Add deetee as a friend

Get 30m for him and wages off the bill. He has gone backwards over the years. He is becoming a liability. Olise and Eze out wide with a young speedy striker is the way forward.

 

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View Nicholas91's Profile Nicholas91 Flag The Democratic Republic of Kent 21 Feb 22 5.44pm Send a Private Message to Nicholas91 Add Nicholas91 as a friend

Originally posted by deetee

Get 30m for him and wages off the bill. He has gone backwards over the years. He is becoming a liability. Olise and Eze out wide with a young speedy striker is the way forward.

I'd be inclined to accept that but can't see anyone with half a brain offering it.

I think the gap between most people's image of Zaha as a player and the reality of his performances these days is growing further wider.

Said it before and will say it again, would love for him to rekindle previous abilities or adjust to a playing style that best suits him to see out his career here however becoming increasingly doubtful of this.

 


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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Too far from Selhurst Park 21 Feb 22 6.39pm Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

Originally posted by deetee

Get 30m for him and wages off the bill. He has gone backwards over the years. He is becoming a liability. Olise and Eze out wide with a young speedy striker is the way forward.


Hopefully, but with 1 year left on his contract and him being nearly 30 when the new season starts, we'll do well to get 25m for him IMO. But we do need to move into a post-Zaha era ASAP so that our burgeoning talented youngsters can be allowed to blossom without Wilf distractions.

 

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View southnorwoodhill's Profile southnorwoodhill Flag 21 Feb 22 7.12pm Send a Private Message to southnorwoodhill Add southnorwoodhill as a friend

He got the move to the biggest club in the country but that didn't work out for him. Later back at Palace he had his chance to become a free agent but Parish offered him a deal he couldn't refuse . Unfortunately he was priced out of the market by a canny Parish, even more unfortunate for him was ending up in a Hodgson team that stifled all spontaneous talent. It must have been galling for him to see Arsenal bring in his fellow countryman Pepe when he was being linked to them, for an amount under Parish's evaluation.
I don't think he's been the same since. The performances have definitely dipped. For his own sake he needs a fresh challenge, he'll be a free agent again soon enough.

 

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View radicalsteve's Profile radicalsteve Flag ottawa 21 Feb 22 7.29pm Send a Private Message to radicalsteve Add radicalsteve as a friend

First the Love ... amazing contribution over the years.

The now .... bit of a crap shoot, not quite the anticipation of old and quite often frustrated by not passing fast enough into space or running into dead ends and loosing possession. No longer the best player on the field for Palace, seems unable to adapt to the PV systems. Now and then he has a brilliant moment, but in general he is not making a game winning impact. Histrionics and tantrums means refs are not giving him the fouls and therefore puts the team at a disadvantage as the ball is lost to the opponent.

The future .... seems that Wilf is taking a spot that should be going to one of the other younger forwards, crowding out Eze and co. Now he is back, the team has lost its balance.

Conclusion .... he should leave in the summer, head held high, before it gets ugly. The club should get a decent price, but not stand in his way with an outrageous demand.

 

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View Gribbo's Profile Gribbo Flag Bromley 21 Feb 22 9.22pm Send a Private Message to Gribbo Add Gribbo as a friend

Surprised if he goes anywhere. Nobody will pay 30m for him at the moment, and his wages are astronimical given his current level of contribution. Could not get in the starting line up for Ivory Coast during Afcon.

 

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View taylors lovechild's Profile taylors lovechild Flag 22 Feb 22 10.39am Send a Private Message to taylors lovechild Add taylors lovechild as a friend

At his peak he was unstoppable, now he is a useful forward and probably still the most likely to create something out of nothing. The issue is the rest of his game, with a massive amount of inconsistency being seen, one minute looking like the old Wilf (like the goal at Norwich) the next minute tripping over his own feet or misplacing a pass from 12 yards.

I do still think he looks committed though and works hard for the team, the problem is his passing and dribbling has become erratic and rather than winning fouls like he used to he's just losing the ball; players often don't even need to foul him anymore. If you could combine Ayew's input outside the 18-yard box with Zaha's inside it then we'd have a great player.

I said this last season, but I hope he rediscovers his old form for the last dozen or so games and gets a move to a CL in the summer so at least he goes out on a high. Increasingly this seems like a fantasy though.

 

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View Nicholas91's Profile Nicholas91 Flag The Democratic Republic of Kent 22 Feb 22 12.03pm Send a Private Message to Nicholas91 Add Nicholas91 as a friend

Originally posted by taylors lovechild

At his peak he was unstoppable, now he is a useful forward and probably still the most likely to create something out of nothing. The issue is the rest of his game, with a massive amount of inconsistency being seen, one minute looking like the old Wilf (like the goal at Norwich) the next minute tripping over his own feet or misplacing a pass from 12 yards.

I do still think he looks committed though and works hard for the team, the problem is his passing and dribbling has become erratic and rather than winning fouls like he used to he's just losing the ball; players often don't even need to foul him anymore. If you could combine Ayew's input outside the 18-yard box with Zaha's inside it then we'd have a great player.

I said this last season, but I hope he rediscovers his old form for the last dozen or so games and gets a move to a CL in the summer so at least he goes out on a high. Increasingly this seems like a fantasy though.

Yep, agree entirely, good post.

 


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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 22 Feb 22 2.43pm Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

I don't know about letting Wilf go but according to the media everyone is after Olise

 

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