Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce took aim at Tottenham Hotspur for trying to unsettle winger Wilfried Zaha following recent reports that the Lilywhites are in bid for the Ivorian. Tottenham failed in their attempts to sign Zaha in the past and various sources are suggesting they’re looking to come in for a higher bid given his rise to prominence in the last 18 months – sources Allardyce feels are fabricated by Tottenham.
“Spurs are always mentioned because agents or somebody decided to stir the pot. We all know who stirs the pot behind the scenes even though they deny it, but we know they do it,” said Allardyce. The Eagles boss was full of praise for Zaha, calling him a “genius” and suggesting he’s now a marked man like Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (most-fouled in the Premier League). “He’s so skilful. He can (dribble) past two or three (players), his feet are that good. He gets kicked as much as Hazard, it’s a compliment when people can’t cope with his ability,” Allardyce added.
Wilfried Zaha was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year in 2015/16 and has impressed just as much this season. The 24-year-old has scored and created 11 goals in 25 Premier League appearances, creating 28 chances and making over 100 successful dribbles. He’s been key for the Eagles and is attracting a lot of interest as a result of his form. Tottenham, a side who were keen on Zaha in the past, have been inevitably linked without much substance.
Crystal Palace are desperate to keep the winger for as long as they can but if they’re given an offer they can’t refuse, Zaha may be allowed to leave Selhurst Park. Tottenham have been desperate to bolster their attack with winger Erik Lamela struggling with an injury and being short of fitness this season, and given how manager Mauricio Pochettino has transformed the careers of so many homegrown players, Zaha may consider the Londoners if they make an official bid.