Why Everton signing Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha would be a great move
According to Liverpool Echo, Everton have been linked with a move for Wilfried Zaha ahead of the January transfer window. A move away from Crystal Palace was expected throughout the summer but nothing came to fruition. Former Everton midfielder Don Hutchison was full of praise for the player.
Wilfried Zaha is a 27-year-old Ivory Coast forward who currently plays for Crystal Palace. He started his youth career at Palace back in 2004. In 2010, he broke into the senior side and went on to make close to 150 appearances in three seasons. (h/t Transfermarkt)
He was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever signing as Manchester United manager, as Zaha made the switch to Old Trafford. However, even before he could get a look in, he was loaned out to Cardiff City. Zaha made just 4 appearances for the Red Devils. (h/t Transfermarkt)
The winger finally returned to Selhurst Park in 2014, initially on loan, but the deal was made permanent in the subsequent January window. Since then, he has made 225 appearances for Palace, scoring 44 goals and providing 43 assists. (h/t Transfermarkt)
Zaha had a choice between England and Ivory Coast, to represent internationally. Despite playing in the youth teams for England and a couple of friendlies for the senior side, he opted to represent his country of birth, Ivory Coast. He has made 17 appearances so far and scored 5 goals during that time. (h/t Transfermarkt)
Zaha would be a good addition to Everton
Everton have been one of the surprise packages this season. They have picked up 13 points from their opening 6 league games and look a real delight to watch. Obviously, the additions of Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure has helped.
Yet, there remains room for improvement, especially after what we saw in the Southampton game. They looked bereft of their usual swagger in the absence of Richarlison, who was suspended.
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Here, the addition of Zaha would do wonders for Carlo Ancelotti. A forward who can play anywhere across the frontline, his introduction from the right would free up James to play in a number 10 role.
It would also add to the squad depth as Everton lack genuine game-changers in their second-string side. Wilfried Zaha would be a very good signing for Everton provided they can pull off a deal with Crystal Palace.