Crystal Palace star must tread carefully as grand ambitions are revealed – opinion

Wilfried Zaha is ready to leave Crystal Palace, per the Daily Mail.

The winger, who previously left for Manchester United only to return to his boyhood club, has revealed his desire to play in the Champions League.

What’s the word?

Zaha has taken in two spells at Selhurst Park during his career.

The attacker came through the youth ranks at the club, initially joining in 2004 at the age of 12, and earned a move to United in 2013, becoming the final signing ever made by Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, his spell turned sour and loans with Cardiff City and then Palace followed, with the latter move made permanent in 2015 for a reported fee of £6million.

It now appears that another transfer will soon be in the offing, with Zaha, who has scored eight goals and laid on eight assists this season, suggesting to the Mail that he is open to the idea of a departure as he looks to play regular Champions League football.

He said: “For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies. I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.

“I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.”

The Mail go on to claim that Palace are unlikely to accept any bids below £50million for a player who signed a new contract last summer.

However, they also state that Palace could be tempted into cashing in this summer, with Arsenal, United, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur all touted as possible destinations.

Tread carefully

Zaha is currently a big fish in a small pond. But we have seen that he can struggle to adapt to the current when moved into an ocean, as happened at United.

He has clearly matured since that episode but the grass isn’t always greener.

Zaha knows this, and he clearly backs himself to make the step up. He has already misjudged his own ability once, however, and there’s no doubt Palace’s style of play suits his game – leaving lots of space for him to gallop into on the counter-attack. He might find life a lot tougher at a top club, facing deep-sitting defences every week.

He should tread very carefully before making his next move.

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