Disagree. We have two players who provide width and pace, and that's Sonny and Lucas (i'm excluding our full-backs here). Alli and Eriksen are brilliant but very different players (so too Grealish) and Sissoko is useless.
In theory, we'd love to have two players for every position. If Son or Lucas pick up a long-term injury, suspension or are having a bad patch (one if not all three of these things is almost guaranteed to happen) then we're back to square one again.
It's why Liverpool signed Shaqiri (yes, he's much cheaper), as they got incredibly lucky that Salah or Mane picked up no major injuries last year. Hell, even City have further strengthened in that position with Mahrez, and they're already fairly stacked as it is.
We have two wingers/wide forwards. We desperately need at least one more in that position.
I don't know. But if you are looking for ITK - you are in the wrong thread...
Zaha plays best on the left. Son plays best on the left. Unless we are going to play with two left-wingers, we are either going to play one in a weaker position - on the right ahead of Lucas and Lamela, or they are going to rotate in their preferred position.
Unless you think Zaha is coming in to replace Dele or Eriksen...
We do not have a player that can beat their man as easily as Zaha does (arguably Sonny is the closest as we havent seen too much of Moura as yet), usually the only way people can stop him going past them is to foul him, which will get us tonnes of free kicks in dangerous positions.
I'm a real fan of his mostly because of the flair factor, his feet are absolutely ridiculous...and the tricks are productive, not just for show.
Pace, strength, outrageous skill and also a home grown player...I like this rumour the best of any player we've been linked with.
Hope this has the legs...please not fucking deadline day again though.
Currently son is better stats wise no doubt about it. But as I said yesterday I think Zaha has the ability to reach a higher level than son. With the service he’d get from our MF he could be incredible IMO
I think he would more be backup to Kane plus an option out wide. Kills 2 birds with one stone. Same thing as Martial.
That said I agree that it's not necessary given that we already have Lamela, Son, and Lucas and only one of them at most is starting at the moment. I wish we would just sign someone like Thiago Alcantara (what we really need) and be done with it.
Serioiusly, now that @Hercules has told us that Llorente will probably end up as a "giveaway", let's try to include him as a sweetener in any Zaha deal.
When he was playing regularly in a side built to his strengths, he scored 15 goals in 33 games for Swansea. A goal return anywhere near that could be the difference between staying up and relegation for Palace next season.
£40 million plus Llorente plus Sissoko (who's a decent fit for a Hodgson 4-4-2 as he works hard and lacks technical quality, precisely the kind of player Roy has spent a career coaching).
That's a decent deal.
I'd also loan or sell them Janssen if they preferred him to Llorente. He's another player who could prosper with regular football under Hodgson.
Zaha knows palace are going to struggle this season. No signings, RLC has gone back to chelsea and they have no money to spend. They couldnt win a game or score a goal without him at the start of the season.
I would like him here but it has to be the right deal. 70m is not. If we can pay 35 and throw in couple of players then I would be happy but roy or palace aren't going to accept players like llorente, janssen or sissoko becuase they wont offer much to the attacking part of his team.