Palace Manager – Newcastle Not Good Enough For Wilfried Zaha

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.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Hahaha, loving your transelation Ed, cause that’s what i’m hearing too, lol. Don’t have to be too bright to understand that this is a money issue.
    Good one this 🙂

  • stuart no9

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Its not an insult ed , its whats called being honest , It just so happens that he is more clued up on our owner than you are . sorry mate but thats the truth

  • rickskin

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    If he’s any good Arsenal will pay over the odds for him.
    The only way we’d get him is if he has a buy-out clause in his contract, which is a lot less than his actual value.

  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    for a guy whose had a mediocre playing career in the poor teams and that manages an average championship side at best , Freedman has some tongue calling Newcastle “not good enough” for Zaha ..

  • Scottiedog

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Connor Wickam springs to mind!!!Just because he is young, english and playing well in the championship does not mean he is going to be a superstar!!

  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    and for the record Zaha is no superstar and neither is he setting the championship on fire .. He would be an experimental project for any premiere league team that purchases him . becasue he is so young but does possess some raw skills .. worth 4 million pounds max

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Freedman is probably just still pi55ed that Pardew called the SPL a poor quality division-which it is. Scots are bitter folk sometimes. 😀

    Thely’ll just be talking him up just like Taarabt was season last. A decent player in the Championship does not necessarily make a world beating champion league wonderkid.

    It might add a couple of £million to his price tag and that’s all they’ll be doing it for.

    A silly little manager of a silly little club like Palace should really keep his mouth shut or face looking like a bit of a tit-which he has. Never mind. ;D

  • weg

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Zaha is a good prospect, but that’s all at the moment. Dougie Freedman is delusional to think that of Newcastle United, and to think Zaha is a £10million player.(someday he might be). Its like soap stars saying other soap stars are great actors! A lot of the time, young players – like soap stars – move on to “bigger things” and find out they aren’t as good as they thought they were!
    Freedman has shown himself to be a fool in saying what he has!

  • jayphoto

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    stupid comment! Newcastle is good enough for Zaha! He’ll probs go down the victor moses route and sign for a wigan, norwich, or a sunderland! Moses will get a bigger move after proving himself down there though!

  • toonincheek

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Freedman is only talking up his player.
    That’s his job.
    Whether or not it works, time will tell.

    Is AP not doing the same, talking about ‘silly money’ to get Tiote?

  • jayphoto

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #11

    toonincheek – AP doesn’t disrespect other clubs in doing so, not to mention Tiote is a proven, top international player! Zaha is an unproven potential player

  • Solaidback

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Funny how it’s only the top 5/6 clubs who could afford to buy him according to Freedman, when QPR’s part owner Mittal is actually the second richest man in the PL… so does that mean they can’t afford to buy him because they’re not in the top 5.. lol

    In fact, Mittal is richer than 5 of the top 6 clubs added together & only second to Manc Citeys owners… so it just shows that Frredman is talking complete tosh…

    As stated by other if Ashley, having a personal wealth of arounds £1.3b wanted to buy any player, he could, the fact is, he wants our club to be self suffient & if that means not shelling out stupid money for a players who’s not really that good in the championship, never mind the PL, then I don’t see why Freedman thinks we’re not a big enough club for his player… anyways, we have up & coming strikers like Airey who is probably as good if not better than this guy who before now, I’d never heard of him… 🙁

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Not sure what Freedman is suggesting here , apart from uypping the ante in a Carroll way as you suggest. Believe me , if we’re good enough for players from Lyon, Deportivo, West Ham and Man Utd , we’re good enough for a poxy club from a dump in south london. And believe me , I’ve lived in Croydon so i know the area ….and it aint pretty!!

  • london_mag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I was at that match!! didnt know Beardsley was there

    didnt see much of Zaha but Ambrose stood out and well as Easter and Scannel

  • london_mag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Zaha is a very average player, good for a championship side- this doesnt bother me in the slightest

  • Widowmaker

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought he was only saying there are 5-6 clubs who could afford to pay 10M for him and that’s the price they want. Certainly not many would expect MA to splash 10M on this kid, er?

  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #17

    The business about Beardsley’s wasted trip, is what you get when you haven’t got an experienced Chief Executive, but a part-time ignorant casino owner instead.


    Dec 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18


  • tiotal football

    Dec 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think he was necessarily insulting us more just trying to dampen interest in Zaha. Palace have had a great start to their season with their small squad and they can push off for play offs if they keep on playing like they have been and are lucky with injuries etc

    Personally I think Zaha should be left alone for a year or two to hone his skills before being pushed on and also I reckon we should look at Jon Williams who is another great youngster. He’s injured atm but had a cracking season up until then.

    London Mag – have to disagree on Easter, he was his usually poor self in my eyes and was only on the field for the last 10 minutes as per. Is used as an impact player and not a very good one at that!

  • brooklynlou

    Dec 21, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #20

    (CP Fan here) You guys do realize that Pardew is a Palace legend and that Freedman was probably pulling his chain a bit …

  • tom tomb

    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Who the f— is D Friedman oh yes I know!

    Goggly eyed tool, what’s he knaa aboot football?


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