Sam Allardyce endorses Zaha’s move to Stamford
- Big Sam, who coached the forward in the second half of 2016/17 Premier League season, insists Wilfried Zaha is ready to leave Selhurst Park in order to prove himself at a "big club"
“He’s ready,” Allardyce told talkSPORT, “because of the experience of Manchester United and then coming back to Palace and re-establishing himself as a top player.
“A few years have moved on and he’s established himself even more as one of the most talented players in his position in the league.
“The last two seasons, in particular, have shown his maturity, and his end product has got better. He’s not only played out wide, but Roy [Hodgson] has used him through the middle successfully.
“It’s London, where he prefers, so he’d be more comfortable there.
“So, as much as I don’t like to say this to Crystal Palace fans who I love, it is probably time for Wilfried to move on, and get that next challenge under his belt.
“I do think the fee would have to be much bigger than what Chelsea are talking about.”
Allardyce continued: “I think there are occasions when he doesn’t work as much as he should, but his stats physically are exceptionally good.
“And while we always want players to track back, Wilfried’s real qualities are his high-intensity sprint distance, in possession, his creativity, and just causing the opposition massive amounts of problems.
“I think you can forgive a player who doesn’t track back so often because of that quality going forward.”
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