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Are Everton looking to bring Wilfried Zaha back up north?

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Wilfried Zaha takes on Leighton Baines
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BACKGROUND

After another strong season for Crystal Palace when he virtually ensured Premier League survival for his side, Wilfried Zaha has been linked multiple times with leaving London.

The latest rumour being reported by the Mirror is that Everton’s new manager Marco Silva is a big fan of Zaha, and would like to bring him to the Blues.

PLAYER PROFILE

Zaha scored nine goals with five assists last season and seven goals and eleven assists the season before, playing pretty much all across the front line. Palace’s injury woes meant he had to slot in wherever needed, and was able to flourish under Roy Hodgson who took them from the basement of the Premier League to an unexpected 11th placed finish.

At just 25-years-old, he could be an interesting investment. A previous stint at Manchester United didn’t quite work out for him, his four games under David Moyes yielding no results.

Wilfried Zaha, 2016-17 & 2017-18 seasons
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EVERTON ANGLE

The Blues are facing a talent shortage at the left wing position. Ademola Lookman is being chased relentlessly by RB Leipzig, Yannick Bolasie could be on his way to Fenerbahce and Henry Onyekuru will not get a work permit this season either.

Adding Zaha would strengthen the Blues at the wing position and he could switch with Theo Walcott to keep opponents on their toes. However, it would require a significant outlay as he signed a new five-year deal last summer, and that investment would be better spent on a player with international experience such as Emil Forsberg.