Chelsea reportedly still holds an interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and may make a move as early as January. Should Chelsea be targeting him though? Here is why Chelsea should avoid signing Zaha.
The bare numbers are always a good place to start. In 15 Premier League starts for Crystal Palace this season, the Ivorian has managed just two goals and one assist. Last season, in 34 appearances, the 27-year-old managed 10 goals and five assists.
Last season’s numbers are relatively impressive considering that Zaha is playing round a team that does not possess the quality that Chelsea does. However, his numbers this season will be of concern for those involved at Stamford Bridge.
If you compare Zaha’s numbers with those in Blue this season, it puts into question why Chelsea would go after the Ivorian.
Christian Pulisic, Chelsea’s summer arrival from Dortmund, has three more goals and one more assist than Zaha in five fewer starts. Willian, a player whose time at the club may be coming to an end, has also managed greater returns. He has scored the same number of goals as Zaha but provided two more assists in 11 league starts.
These numbers suggest that Zaha would not improve the immediate strength in wide areas for the Blues, and perhaps just the strength in depth. However, there is the possibility that Zaha would be rejuvenated if he got a long-awaited move away from Palace.
At 27-years-old, Zaha is unlikely to get much better, and his patchy form for Palace makes for worrying reading. If Palace were to demand a hefty fee, Chelsea’s money may be better spent elsewhere.