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Zaha would be more beneficial now we have sorted the midfield out. As long as it’s the right price.

We needed to prioritise centre mid, so Zaha seemed a waste of money. Now we look to have a midfield that can create chances, Zaha would be a good piece of business.

He would simply free other players up. Against lesser accomplished teams, we could just batter them into submission. 
 

Against the better teams, Zaha and James might be too luxurious.

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David Moyes barely trusted a kid in his 10 years here, no way was he gonna bring Zaha through especially in his first year at United. Barely managed any wingers in his decade here either, probably wou

He annoys me, constantly moaning to refs all the time like he’s not allowed to be tackled. Good player on his day but can’t see anyone touching him for £70 mill or whatever palace are asking for him.

It never serves a purpose and is always a blight on the game.  Players should be, rightly, heckled and punished for doing so, the soft-ass primadonnas...

39 minutes ago, Hafnia said:

He did celebrate, just not full on.  He celebrated the 2nd that was disallowed 

Let's be honest ... He was promised a move for 2 years now. He probably feels like he's missing his last big move. 

It would be more of a worry if he stopped playing and threw his toys out of the pram. He played and it sounds like he played well. Like you said, he still celebrated but it was muted.

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1 hour ago, Gwlad all over said:

Not sure I like to hear of a player refusing to celebrate; a goal means a lot to the fans.

He didn’t refuse to celebrate mate, he jogged off with his hands up when he scored, and then just looked a bit subdued. 
It also came across like he was looking over to the dugout to prove a point.

But we could all also be looking too much into it. In fact I definitely am... it’s not my team haha.

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5 hours ago, Matt said:

Sums up his attitude, and it’s not attractive 

Have you watched it? I went to watch it as I read this and was expecting something different. I thought he did celebrate as much as others in an empty stadium. Yes he didn’t do a Shearer peel away, a Tim Cahill corner flag spa or a Jimmy Bullard reenactment but it wasn’t a ful our non celebration. I think it was another example as a story for the sake of it. In all fairness if Palace have said give us one more year and then go back on it I wouldn’t blame him. 

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2 hours ago, Matt said:

I’ll take it back. Seems the clip I saw didn’t show the whole thing then 

 

4 minutes ago, barryj said:

Have you watched it? I went to watch it as I read this and was expecting something different. I thought he did celebrate as much as others in an empty stadium. Yes he didn’t do a Shearer peel away, a Tim Cahill corner flag spa or a Jimmy Bullard reenactment but it wasn’t a ful our non celebration. I think it was another example as a story for the sake of it. In all fairness if Palace have said give us one more year and then go back on it I wouldn’t blame him. 

Best read the whole thread first mate ;) 

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6 hours ago, Cornish Steve said:

Simple question: where would he fit in our team right now?

The starting line-up today was well-balanced, and we have Bernard and Kean on the bench. I'm not a fan, but some would say Walcott is also an option. What would an expensive Zaha bring right now?

James drops to #10 and Zaha at RW. That would make the team a lot more dangerous. Would also mean Ancelotti would have some options.

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I guess if money was no object then we'd take him.

My view though is we have a very good starting 11, we have a few players that offer a different option who are decent and we have cover in all areas in some form.  While he could be very useful I'd not take him right now.  We need to lower our wage bill first up by getting rid of some dead wood before we can splash on any more high earners.

I think with what we've spent on players and new players wages already we need to be careful, gate receipt's might not be a bulk of a side like ours revenue but it does bring in a lot, we are missing that right now and need to be mindful of this.

I'd also like to see Gordon getting a look in on the wing as he looks an exciting prospect.  I also think the Bernard can offer a lot, and may also benefit from our improved midfield.

The only area I'd say we may need a player is at centre back.  I'm ok with our current 3 players but we definitiely need 1 more for cover if nothing else.

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definitely don't think we have the money for a Zaha move at the moment.

If perhaps we get most of our money back from a sale of Awobi (or Kean perhaps) and lose a high earner of two of the wage bill - then maybe. However, although it sounds like Awobi is available in the transfer market, its the wrong year to be expecting any clubs to be spending big on him. Doesn't sound as if the club as desperate to move him on either, and can't see the player himself being desperate to move on. 

don't see it happening myself. 

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9 hours ago, AlbanyNYToffee said:

It's fantasy football thinking but I'd like this deal on one of two conditions:
We pay 30mil and give them two players (Delph, Siggy, Walcott, Tosun, Bolasie)
We pay 15mil and give them Iwobi

Also if he's as desperate as it appears to leave we should play hardball over wages. 80k max.

I thought he’s on 130k now so that wouldn’t work. 

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1 minute ago, BedfordBlue said:

How good does that look and Richy and zaha can cover the striker roll aswell if dom got injured 

You get the feeling that if Zaha came that front 3 with James behind them would be scoring for fun week in week out. Dom, the forward hes becoming, with two powerful wide players next to him who can dribble, create and score with pace to burn.

If Zaha came, that would be a top 4 attack on the premis Dom can keep up his form.

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1 minute ago, StevO said:

It would be nice to have him for the extra option. 
But, the front three shouldn’t be disrupted for him and neither should the middle three. 

I think he would be the ideal covering option that allows us to rest/rotate and change tactics in match very easily.

He could be a very effective player alongside Richarlison/James/DCL .... Certain games may not suit some players Vs certain defenders.  It gives us a plan B C D 

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15 minutes ago, Romey 1878 said:

I’m calling bullshit on this right now. 

im with you

4 minutes ago, StevO said:

It would be nice to have him for the extra option. 
But, the front three shouldn’t be disrupted for him and neither should the middle three. 

agreed.  not a zaha fan here, i'd rather a vet older striker to rotate with DCL

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Just now, Matt said:

He won’t come to play back up so there’s no point in worrying about it :) 

I don't think he would be backup as such. I reckon he would get 30 minutes to 90 minutes most games. 

It all depends, I do think that someone like James Richarlison DCL could do with rest/rotation .... The permutations are exciting. 

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1 minute ago, Hafnia said:

I don't think he would be backup as such. I reckon he would get 30 minutes to 90 minutes most games. 

It all depends, I do think that someone like James Richarlison DCL could do with rest/rotation .... The permutations are exciting. 

He’d only ever be coming off the bench for the last 30 mins (at the most) or stepping in for injuries and cup games. That’s the definition of backup, there’s no way he gets ahead of anyone in our attacking lineup unless there’s an injury or cup game. 

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Just now, Matt said:

He’d only ever be coming off the bench for the last 30 mins (at the most) or stepping in for injuries and cup games. That’s the definition of backup, there’s no way he gets ahead of anyone in our attacking lineup unless there’s an injury or cup game. 

He wants to leave palace, where could he go and get a guaranteed 90 minutes? 

I definitely think he could get enticed by the amount of minutes on offer 

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