‘He could have an impact’ - Winger urged to make Newcastle United move amid Arsenal and Spurs interest
There is plenty of interest in the winger as the January transfer window draws near.
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The Eagles forward will move into the final six months of his existing deal at Selhurst Park when the January transfer window opens and there has been heavy speculation suggesting his second spell with the club could come to an end in the near-future. Despite all of the talk about a potential move, Zaha remains an integral part of Patrick Vieira’s side and has hit a remarkable run of form by scoring five goals and providing one assist during his first 10 appearances of the season.
The former Arsenal midfielder recently opened up on his relationship with the Ivory Coast international recently as he described Zaha as ‘a positive leader’ and revealed the impact he is making on several younger members of the Palace squad.
Speaking at the Best of Africa Awards in London, Vieira said: “When I arrived at Crystal Palace for a couple of months I heard a lot of stories about Wilfried and that he was difficult to work with and yes I can confirm he’s really difficult to work with. But he’s got something really special and that is he’s talented. He’s talented and he also loves football.
“I believe that people have the wrong impression of him, he’s a winner and he is a positive leader in the team and he pushes players to fight and to win. To be honest I’m quite happy and glad to work with him because he is a really good supporter.”
Talks over a new deal for Zaha are yet to reach a successful conclusion and that has speculation over a possible mean has continued. North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs are said to be keen to keep the winger in the capital and Roma are believed to be willing to offer him a chance to test him luck in Serie A.
But former Leeds United and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes a move to the North East could benefit Zaha’s career and insisted he would be a good fit for Eddie Howe’s side.
“Look at Spurs, would he get in that front three? Probably not,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“You would be taking him for the sake of taking him. There was talk of him going to Arsenal but with the form Martinelli and Saka are in I’m not sure he would start. He will not want to go to a top-six club for the sake of it. He will want to play. Zaha is a high quality player.
“The last thing he wants is to be a bit-part player. When you look at Newcastle, that could be an option. Look at the way they play with Saint-Maximin and Almiron. I think he would fit into that system. He could have an impact there and play most weeks.”