Newcastle After Manchester United Winger

It’s fair to say that the move to Manchester United from Crystal Palace has been a disaster for 21 year-old winger Wilfried Zaha, and in January he went on loan to Cardiff City, with no big clubs coming in for the once top-rated youngster.

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Wilfried Zaha – disastrous season for the youngster

But Wilfried has had trouble getting games at struggling Cardiff City, and he has only three appearances for the South Wales side so far, and only four appearances for Manchester United all season, so it’s hardly been a good season for the 13 times capped England U21 International,  who also has two full caps for England.

Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are being reported today in the Star and Express as having an interest in the player, and it’s hardly surprising his former club are back for him again.

Wilfried was outstanding at Crystal Palace, where he played 143 times with 18 goals and he was so impressive that the Red Devils snapped him up fifteen months ago, although he kept playing for Palace last season and helped them to promotion by beating Watford 1-0 in the playoff final.

It was reported the fee Manchester United paid was £10M rising to £15M based on his appearances for the Red Devils.

The news is that Wilfried could be signed for as little as £5M this summer, as it seems the new United manager David Moyes doesn’t see him being part of his future squad at the Manchester club.

And we know Alan Pardew was a big fan of Wilfried, and if we could get him in for as little as £5M, it could be a decent deal.

But Wilfried will need to be rehabilitated after his terrible season, and his confidence is likely to be quite low at the moment.

And there’s that saying that form is temporary but class is permanent – and there’s no doubt this lad has immense ability.

It may be a tough decision for Newcastle to make, although Wilfried is the type of skillful player Newcastle fans just love, and if Ben Arfa is to be sold this summer, bringing in Wilfried may be a good move for the Tyneside club to make.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

78 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Apr 5, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    rehabilitated????? does that mean defence training

  • Pil

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    another obertan

  • mag

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    We’ll be there watching history today when Newcastle United do the double over a Rooney less Manchester United 2-1!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    I just cringe at the thought of us selling Ben Arfa. It makes me sick tbh. If we o sell him I will never forgive Pardew for being to incompetent and for being unable to use his immense skill to our advantage.

    Zaha is a poor mans Ben Arfa but he’s decent. Why can’t we have both and get rid of the useless Obertan?

  • Graeme

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh, exactly what we need – yet another player with low confidence as well as not being match fit!! Should be the ideal candidate for us

  • Stephen Keegan

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Still think Tom Ince is a better bet, in terms of quality and attitude. Shame Pardew is in love with Zaha but anyone is better than no one!!

  • colwell

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    What a shite, boring team we have become. Can’t score goals and can’t stop stop conceding. Looking at what possible team Pards can put out today you notice how average our squad is, where the fcuk are the purple players we have?

    Debs and Remy are our best players and both look certain to be away this year. Without these 2 we would no doubt have gone down this year, shows how poor the rest of the team are. If we don’t spend big this summer we’ll join the Scum in the championship next year.

    Fcuking MA and Pards ripped the heart right out of Newcastle. CNUTS

  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Valencia, Kagawa and Evra are their biggest threats.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t want to see any English players signing for us in the summer. They’re all overpriced and will flop. The only English players that I would approve us signing are Barkley, Adam Johnson and Micah Richards.

  • lesh

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    But if Zaha can’t get a game at Cardiff, why does anyone suppose we’d be after yet another ManU flop?

  • geordie157

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    If five million then I’d chance him, but I honestly think Sammy if fit can push on next season.

    Hope we go for ince in the summer, or can we not get him over that dreaded line either

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    A lot of Liverpool fans I know are wanting Ben Arfa for them and are saying he is too good for the Toon under Pardew

    To be honest I have to agree with them at the moment I think Rodgers would get the best out of him and we will be left to really regret the decision if we did sell him to the Scousers!!

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Why should we sign zaha ? Isnt this story the same as de jong. Scoring in a different league and then not playing much last year.

    Well now its out in the cabaye and no remy means no goals. As per plan.

  • Stephen Keegan

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Kets? What about Stephen Caulker if Cardiff where to go down. Hes solid, young and already a leader and scores goals?

  • SBergenwall

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s interesting how people’s opinion can change in just one season. A couple of months ago everybody wanted to get Zaha but now no body does it seems. If he could go for £5m I’d say sign him up, he’s only 21 years old and he does have some potential, if he puts his mind to it. Better than Obertan and Sammeobi imo. Can’t see it happening though, we’re linked with like 2000 players a season and usualy sign players that we like a week before has been linked to

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    All it takes is one summer to put us in a financial mess ??

    If we spend 30-40m overall and only a couple of players do well and we need to spend in Jan again . Are we back to tough financial times ?

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Can’t see us getting anything out of the game today unless there’s a huge attitude change from the players.
    Sick and tired of lack luster and half hearted players at this club.
    Bring back the cry baby KK,he will at least get players playing well and attacking 🙂

  • south coast toon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    when hes come on for cardiff he lifts the team, he injects attacking play and pace and looks good, the problem is why is he only getting 10 0r 15 mins and if hes not good enough to start at cardiff is there something wrong with the lad

  • Blofal

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    If he can’t get a game with Cardiff then NO.

    I am convinced Debuchy is leaving though. Mashly will cash in. And I believe the RB’s we are linked with are genuine.

    Whether we get one over the line though is another issue all together. Santon SHOULD be a RB but he has been a LB for so long now that he had no idea where to position himself. Against Soton players were running around the back of him because he kept looking the wrong way as if he was still at LB!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #20

    It doesn’t matter how much money you throw at it, if Pardew stays in charge we will not be putting in the performances required.

    You can have the strongest bricks (players) ever made, but if you build your castle with the wrong foundations (Pardew) on a landfill site or swamp, it will collapse or disappear.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Stephen Caulker’s useless and slow. Total waste of money there. He can’t even get into the England squad. Made a mistake the other week as well. Pathetic.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Tell me what other manager at any club would still have their job after not scoring in 10 of the last 14 games?
    No one that’s who!
    I almost hope to see the stadium half empty next season to make MA either sell up or start to invest some proper money and stop selling our best players in the middle of the season.
    I don’t even expect us to score anymore never mind win a game again this season.
    We will get absolutely trounced by at least 7-0 by Liverpool it’ll be embarrassing.
    We certainly are short on numbers of quality players now.
    Ben Arfa should be a better player for us as should Marveau yet we don’t see the quality.
    Hope to see De Jong today actually as I think he will score.
    I’d rather see Armstrong playing out some of these games if we are gonna play rubbish and lose anyway,at least we will give him some first team experience for next year.
    I’m certainly pished off since the new year after a decent first half of the year.
    WORST MOVE EVER= selling Cabaye when we were playing well!and not getting in a replacement =just pathetic
    The 6 P’s = perfect planning prevents p1ss poor performance (hasn’t Mash gone to sales and marketing classes?)

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #23

    I wouldn’t even be surprised if we won today. Pardew gets fortunate with a shock win out of the blue to keep him ticking over for another dozen games of hype and lies.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Marty, he’d have been sacked at any other club months ago. He is Mike’s propaganda puppet so to him, he’s doing a good job. That is a disgrace in itself.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    News in the papers that Van Aanholt is gonna leave Chelsea this summer 🙂
    He was pretty good when he played for us like

  • mindshaft

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #26

    We are the new Wigan

    Sell best players
    Can’t score
    Concede a lot
    Fill in gaps with loan players
    Only difference is that they at least played decent football and actually won a cup !

    No doubt we’ll be hanging round relegation area next season and on current form could be down and out by end of Jan
    When we do get relegated we’re going to find it a lot harder to get back up

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #27

    Zaha is cack, as usual overrated Englishman who cost a fortune and only played well in the championship. Tom Ince is another flouting himself round clubs with his wanker of a father, how many clubs did he visit in Jan? Delusions of grandeur born from his father me thinks!

    Neither are regular starters for their loan clubs who are both in relegation battles so that kinda says it all to me

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #28

    The one thing that’s really confused me with Pardews recent interviews is the claim this summer was always penciled in as the window for a real clear out and restructure

    Well what absolute f**king idiot marks a transfer window which notoriously slow with escalated prices due to the World Cup as the window to restructure the club???
    His reasoning is due to certain players age and certain players contractual status

    Well he knew what age players would be this summer so why not bring players in for those ones last summer?
    We must of knew players like Gosling/Shola weren’t going to get new contracts so why not replace them last summer
    Surely the lads that were entering the final 2 years of there contracts would of been offered contracts or at least had someone from the club talk to them over there intentions?

    But apparently no, we’re going to restructure during the World Cup…..
    Ffs and the club wonder why the come in for so much critiscm

  • Blofal

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29

    I really think we need a 5-4-1 tonight. We are unlikely to score anyhow.




  • Slank

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30


    Re Wigan

    You forgot about winning a cup.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #31


    It could be that they are not planning on signing any players that are going to the world cup ?? Would make negotiating easier if we are only going for free transfers that are in the championship …..

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #32

    It just fills you with confidence doesn’t it!!!

    Even if the players aren’t at the World Cup, clubs still seem massively reluctant to do business until after the tournament which means potential signing have no time to settle at all

    He said they won a cup

  • yo-yo

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Zaha is unproven and about the same price band as Johnson who has a decent track record. Should be a no brainer

  • jazzyp

    Apr 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #34

    Tads-Morning mate
    I think we have known Remy would not be signing from last summer and were hoping Ldj would step up to the plate as a replacement……boy has that backfired.
    As we all know our negotiating skills for players leaves a lot to be desired that’s why so many potential signings have fallen by the way side

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #35


    Thing is I am only kidding but it would not actually surprise me if that is the plans for the summer !!

    I honestly cant see who we are going to get this summer its a total mystery I dont think raiding France this summer will be a good idea as I think chairmen will screw us around and other leagues take a good while to adapt such as players from Holland or Portugal and I cant see us paying big money for British players so who the hell are we going to get our cheap bargains from this summer??

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #36

    @laurent Robert
    It’s a disgrace for sure,all toon fans all over the planet are disgusted with the way things are.
    But again,what can we do to change things?
    We can’t seem to get fans together to buy it for ourselves so either we have to stay away from the stadium in hope that he’ll spend on a decent team and manager or tat he sells

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Zaha is unproven in the PL although has the pedigree but sure didn’t Obertan have the same pedigree ?
    Ok,Obertan has been played numerous times by both United and ourselves to no effect.
    Zaha should be given games but it’s much the same thing with Marveau and Ben Arfa.
    Great on their day but their day is once a month and that doesn’t cut it at this level

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #38

    I do however think that Zaha is a better player than Ashley young and by what Johnson is doing at the unwashed I’d stay away from him too

  • beermonkey

    Apr 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #39


    I see where u lived test I am about 7 miles away

    do u ever get up to Newcastle and watch matches
    if so what the easiest and cheapest way to get up there

  • geordie157

    Apr 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #40

    English players who could be realistic signings

    Ince, Lascelles, Caulker, Berahino, Alex McCarthy and Cousins

    Less realistic but would improve the squad

    Will Hughes, Shawcross, Carrick, Richards maybe Barry

    Other brits we could go for

    Rhodes, Adam Henley and James Forrest


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