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Tottenham told to execute ‘clever’ plan for Crystal Palace star and Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha

Paul Robinson has told Tottenham Hotspur to make a move for Crystal Palace’s Wiflried Zaha, who is also on the radars of Arsenal, and potentially play him as a wing-back.

Speaking to Football Insider (h/t Express), the former Spurs and England goalkeeper said:

“There will be a lot of clubs in the mix for Zaha because he has done so well. He has to take the next step in his career now. I know it didn’t work out at Man United but he is a different player now. He has been brilliant for Crystal Palace.”

Zaha had a failed stint at Manchester United from January 2013 to the winter transfer window in 2015. But since then, he has established himself as a living legend with the Eagles, for whom he has made 443 appearances across competitions.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha and Tottenham Hotspur's Japhet Tanganga engage in a confrontation.
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Tottenham Hotspur’s Japhet Tanganga engage in a confrontation. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Manager Antonio Conte notably transformed winger Victor Moses to a right-wing-back at Chelsea and did the same with Ivan Perisic at Inter Milan and Spurs on the opposite flank. Robinson has backed the Italian tactician to execute this ‘clever’ plan at N17 once again.

“If Spurs are in the mix for him, I think it might be with a view to him playing as a left wing-back. [Ryan] Sessegnon and Perisic have done well but Zaha would be another great option. I think that would be a clever move. There is also the possibility of Lucas Moura leaving so there is definitely room for Zaha at Spurs.”

Robinson makes a good suggestion but it would make more sense for the 30-year-old Ivory Coast international to play down the right flank for us if possible. He has predominantly played as a left winger but we have a need to upgrade on the right flank.

Ryan Sessegnon and Perisic are doing a solid job down the left flank, where Sergio Reguilon could also play once he returns from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Zaha’s contract situation makes him a no-brainer for any top team in England or abroad.

He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season if he doesn’t renew his deal at Selhurst Park. His versatility and experience would allow us to increase competition in multiple positions with his arrival.

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Hopefully, he is also a player we can convince to play as a squad player considering we could offer him the massive chance of playing at a club that competes for trophies and in European football.

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