Manchester United today confirmed the signing of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace. The deal is expected to reach £15-20m including add ons and the 20 year old England winger will join the club in July 2013, spending the remainder of the season at the Championship Side.
So how good is Wilfried Zaha?
Having only seen him play once, in Palace’s shock win at Old Trafford in the League Cup and a handful of highlights videos, I’m not best placed to say.
I have however put together this collection of his goals and a couple of assists for Palace this season. They certainly wet the appetite of the kind of player he is and how much potential he has to light up Old Trafford next season.
1. Assist v Sheffield Wednesday
Displaying great wing play (on the right), Zaha shows his strength to get on the ball, skilful footwork to work some space and importantly, an end product as he crosses for his team mate to finish.
2. Goals v Wolves
Receiving the ball inside the Wolves penalty area with 2 defenders around him, Zaha shows some brilliant skill to get the ball onto his right foot and finish in the far corner.
Controlling a long pass with his back to goal, the young winger, takes a touch before firing the ball past the keeper.
3. Goals v Burnley
Zaha shows his lightning pace to get on the end of a through ball ball before composing himself and sliding the ball past the oncoming keeper.
Getting on the ball in the left channel, Wilfried Zaha squares up his defender and finds the space to finish low and through the keepers legs.
4. Assist v Peterborough
Picking up a lose ball on the edge of his own area from a P’boro corner, Zaha runs directly at the opposition with pace and directness, beating several players before playing in his striker partner to score. Stunning.
5. Goal v Huddersfield
Played in by some wonder skill by Yannick Bolasie, Zaha advances into the box before riffling home a stunning finish at the front post.
As you can see from these moments, Zaha is a player with great pace and skill as well as being able to produce end products. I’m sure he is far from the finished article and I look forward to seeing him learn and grow at Old Trafford next season.
I, like many other United fans will be keeping a close on on him and Crystal Palace for the rest of the season and I will try and bring you and highlights he may produce.