There was a point a week or so ago where I started writing an article titled “This is the most chill Tottenham transfer window ever.” Then this week happened. The latest rumor is from Sky, which understands that Spurs are currently in negotiations to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who is rated at £15m.
In a vacuum, Zaha’s a pretty decent player. He’s fast, and adept at going straight at opposing fullbacks and dragging defenders out of position. There’s a reason why Manchester United bought him for £10m back in 2013.
However, there’s also a reason why Zaha spent much of two seasons on United’s bench before being sold back to Palace early in 2015. We got a pretty good look at Zaha last week at White Hart Lane, and he spent the majority of the match in Danny Rose’s and Kyle Walker’s pockets. He’s 24 years old now, and probably at the peak of his footballing ability. He’s probably not going to get much better than what he is now. Admittedly he’s probably better than what he showed at White Hart Lane last weekend, but yeeeesh.
In my mind, the only way this makes a whole lot of sense is if this is Mauricio Pochettino’s backup plan in case the Georges-Kevin N’Koudou deal really does go permanently pear-shaped. But even so, £15m for a player who wasn’t very good against us last week and probably won’t get that many games regardless is pretty stupid.
There are probably untold numbers of fast, young dribblers for sale at small clubs on the continent. Why we’d be spending our time going after Zaha in a potential big money move instead of going after N’Koudou 2.0, or heck, even just keeping Clinton N’Jie, is beyond me. I’m hoping this isn’t true.