There’s a story out today in the Daily Mail that Peter Beardsley went down to London on Monday evening to watch Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha play.
Wilfried Zaha “is better than a Newcastle” – what a cheek
But the only problem with that was that he was suspended for the game, so how’s that for good solid planning?
But at least Peter was able to look at another player Newcastle are interested in during the game – 20 year-old England U21 International right back Nathaniel Clyne – who looks a very good player in the making.
Crystal Palace beat Chris Highton’s Birmingham City 1-0, in a close game with a late goal from Kagisho Dikgacoim, which helped Palace move further up the table into 8th place, and just two points off a play-off position.
The Scottish manager of Crystal Palace, 37 year-old Dougie Freedman, has insulted Newcastle just a little bit when he had this to say about his star 19 year-od striker Wilfried Zaha:
“Wilfried is better than a Newcastle. I know the chairman won’t accept four, five or six million pounds and that rules out a lot of clubs.”
“If you’re talking eight, nine or 10 then who is going to pay that? That is the top five or six in the Premier League.”
“Newcastle are not the only club chasing Zaha, with Liverpool, Stoke and Queens Park Rangers all interested.”
Now let me just translate what Dougie really meant – Newcastle are not going to pay over the odds for Zaha, and we want as much money as we can get, so we have to hope that a club like Liverpool will come in with a stupidly high offer for him, like they did last January when they bough Andy Carroll from Newcastle.
But why these managers have to throw out insults to other clubs we have no idea.
However, we also have to say that Freedman is doing a very good job at Palace, in his very first management position.
And since taking over the London club last January, he saved them from relegation, and has improved the side significantly this season.
But surely Newcastle cannot be that bad for young Zaha, with their 52,000 homes gates, and we notice the attendance at Selhurst Park on Monday night was just over 12,000.
Wilfried moving to Newcastle would be a good step in the right direction for the youngster, and he’d get some playing time too, unlike what would happen if he went to one of the bigger clubs.
The only problem with the striker moving to Newcastle as far as Palace are concerned, is that they wouldn’t get the fee they are looking for – so it’s up to Kenny Dalglish to pay over the odds (again) – if he wants to.