Newcastle were after Wilfried Zaha for almost two years, but last January he signed on at Manchester United for a cool £15M, but was allowed to stay at Crystal Palace and the youngster helped his side get promoted to the Premier League, winning a very close play-off final 1-0 against Watford at Wembley Stadium.
Wilfried Zaha – on loan to Newcastle?
And ever since we’ve been linked with trying to sign Zaha on loan in January, we’ve questioned the wisdom of that move, unless there is a chance to sign the player permanently after the loan deal.
Alan Pardew held his news conference for the Crystal Palace game today, and was asked about the 21 year-old former Palace winger:
“He’s a Manchester United player as far as I’m concerned,” “He’s a player I know well. He played for my old team.” “He was absolutely phenomenal when they got promoted.” “He got a big move to Manchester United.”
“Unfortunately, his career has stalled, but I know he’s done very well there in the background.” “I said last week that we’ll be strategic next month.” “If an opportunity arises, we’ll grasp it. If not, we won’t.”
“The squad is stronger than it was two years ago in terms of depth.”
If Newcastle do sign Zaha on loan, then Newcastle would be obliged to give him some priority in playing time, and that takes away playing time for the likes of Sammy Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez and Ben Arfa among others, so we’re not sure what the advantage would be to Newcastle.
Here are the results of the poll we conducted on Wilfried – so we’re not alone in this viewpoint:
And Wilfried is no doubt a good up-and-coming player, but he has been unable to break into the Manchester United side this season, which has been grossly under-performing under new manager Davide Moyes.
So we really don’t know what the point would be of bringing Zaha in – we certainly we cannot see much advantage to Newcastle – only to the Red Devils, because one of their younger player will get games in the Premier League.
We just cannot see the sense in this.
What do you think?
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