Crystal Palace have found their Wilfried Zaha replacement

At times, Wilfried Zaha has, somehow, looked like a world beater, this season. The winger has been a shining light on what has been a miserable season for Crystal Palace; going from staying patient with the dancing donkey, to hiring a bloke who should be behind bars – let alone managing a Premier League side.

With Big Sam still failing to register a win for the Selhurst Park faithful, England’s most successful manager has turned to his old pal, Sammy Lee, for some inspiration. However, with the former Liverpool assistant standing at a grand height of 5ft 1 inches, and looking all too similar to Peter Pettigrew from Harry Potter, Allardyce should perhaps be focusing more on January recruits on the pitch, rather than on his dugout.

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With Palace’s bid of £7million for Sunderland left-back, Patrick van Aanholt, we can’t help but feel that this is almost as disrespectful as West Ham bidding £6million for Jermain Defoe; it’s as if managers think they can take poor ol’ David Moyesie for a buffoon… who would do that?

Staying with the theme of Sunderland, it seems that the perfect man to replace, Zaha, following his Africa Cup of Nation duty, is Belgian winger, Adnan Januzaj. Now, before those start brandishing the rival card: ‘Sunderland are in a relegation battle with Crystal Palace, no way would they sell to a competitor’; remember the No. 11 is still under the contract of Manchester United, with the winger being on loan from the Red Devils.

This could heavily work in favour of the London club, as we all know how greater pals Allardyce and Sir Alex Ferguson are. Couple of arm twists, and glasses of vino/money under the table later, this deal suddenly seems more feasible than first thought.

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At the end of the day, United are likely to let their man go out on loan to get more game time, as he’s only made 11 appearances for Sunderland in the Premier League. Being surrounded in a dressing room which is dependent on one man’s back – Defoe – can also hardly be too beneficial for Januzaj.

We know the guy is capable; we’ve all seen it before, and he played his part with five assists to his teammates in his breakthrough season. It was also ironically a game under Moyesie, against Sunderland, where Januzaj first showed this potential brilliant talent.

United must still have hopes for the Belgian proving to be a decent talent, hence their recall of the player when he was at loan at Borussia Dortmund. With just the one goal to show for in the EFL Cup – or whatever it’s called – this season, Januzaj is in danger of becoming the forgotten man. Lyon are reportedly after the winger, so an exit from the North East seems more than on the cards.

Yet, a move to London, more regular playing time, and being surrounded by better players could prove to boost the young lad’s confidence. Crystal Palace need a replacement, Manchester United want their player on the field, and Januzaj surely wants to prove his worth is not just in salt.

Throw the lad a bone, Sam.

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