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.
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.
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