BBC pundit Peter Crouch has told the Daily Mail that he doesn’t think Wilfried Zaha is good enough to start for Liverpool.
FourFourTwo report that Zaha, 28, is valued at £80 million by Crystal Palace.
But Crouch feels he doesn’t feel that the Ivorian international isn’t actually good enough to play regular for the likes of Liverpool or Manchester City.
“Arsenal would be perfect for him but Arsenal are far away from being a Champions League club at the moment.
“I doubt he would play regularly at Liverpool or Manchester City but perhaps a club abroad would consider him.
“I do wonder whether the experience he had at Manchester United burnt him. He wouldn’t get that adulation somewhere else.
“I remember games at Selhurst Park when he was unplayable — and can win games on his own, but I feel he needs to improve in becoming more consistent.”
Zaha is slightly different to Liverpool’s current wide options in the sense he’s more individualistic and loves going on mazy dribbles.
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane prefer bursting in behind the backline.
In the summer, Diogo Jota came in and has proved himself capable of covering every role in Liverpool’s front three, even forcing Jurgen Klopp into a 4-4-2 at times.
Meanwhile, Zaha is 28 and £80 million would be a club record deal for Liverpool – it just wouldn’t fit the FSG approach to transfers at all.
It would be intriguing to see Zaha at a Champions League club again, but as Crouch suggests, he may need to go abroad to do that and at 28, the window of opportunity might be closing.
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