Tim Sherwood believes that Wilfried Zaha possesses the necessary attributes to be a very good option for Tottenham Hotspur given the way the team is set up under Jose Mourinho.
Zaha has been one of the standout wingers in the Premier League for a number of years but no club has been able to prise him away from Crystal Palace.
The Ivory Coast international has been a long-term target for Tottenham, with the North Londoners reportedly having an offer rejected for the winger as far back as three years ago (Athletic).
Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan suggested earlier this year that Zaha could end up at Tottenham during the summer with Roy Hodgson even admitting at the end of last season that the wide man’s days at Selhurst Park could be numbered.
However, the 28-year-old remained at Palace, with Spurs instead moving for Gareth Bale on a loan deal from Real Madrid during the transfer window.
Mourinho praised Zaha’s quality ahead of Tottenham’s clash against the Eagles on Sunday and the winger certainly kept the Spurs defence busy during the 1-1 draw.
When asked if the Palace star would suit Tottenham’s system, Sherwood told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (12/12/20 at 1:50 pm): “It’s about willingness, I think he could. He works his socks off but he always stays at a point [for Palace]. I think Bergwijn comes all the way back where he is almost playing at right-back. That’s why Gareth’s not playing.
“I think he [Zaha] has got it. He has got it to be able to do it, Wilf. He needs to be in a half and half space perhaps on the other side where Son is. Where they get it and they can just roll it to him.
“Then he just takes you up the field. I mean he is explosive with his dribbling and he has got an eye for a goal. In recent weeks, we have seen how Palace have struggled without him. He has got real quality and, for me, it suits him and that’s another good manager. You are talking about Roy Hodgson there who is playing to the strengths of what he has got.”
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This is a decent shout by Sherwood as Zaha is certainly one of the few wingers in the Premier League who would be willing to do the defensive duties that Mourinho’s system demands. I would be very pleased if we were to potentially sign him as a replacement for Moura or Lamela next summer.
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