Wilfried Zaha would be well advised to consider a loan move away from Old Trafford this winter.
The talented young winger has not been able to force his way into Manchester United’s first team plans with the emergence and development of Adnan Januzaj making Zaha’s chances of first team football even slimmer.
United have Zaha tied down on a long term contract so they don’t need to worry about the possibility of losing him permanently but a loan move does make sense.
It would allow him to go and play regular Premier League football, enhancing his fitness and increasing the chances that he will return to the club at the end of the season as a better player.
Here are five possible loan destinations.
One of the most obvious is Crystal Palace, the club that United bought Zaha from.
He knows the current setup at Palace under manager Ian Holloway, he knows the way Holloway likes to run his sides and he’d get a good number of games in another spell at the London based club.
Holloway will be looking for this sort of deal in the winter and the benefits are clear despite the fact there could be some higher profile interest.
Everton could be a very good possible destination for Zaha, largely because of the club’s manager Roberto Martinez.
Martinez’ reputation for using younger players and playing good football is well known. Everton also have a need for a player like Zaha in their side, which would allow Kevin Mirallas to move into a central position as another attacking option to Romelu Lukaku.
Newcastle would represent the chance for Zaha to play regularly and develop his game at a massive English club with a very wide support base.
David Moyes may favour this sort of move because it subjects his player to the sort of public scrutiny and attention that he would receive when he becomes a regular in the Manchester United side.
It also offers him the chance to play with talented wingers like Hatem Ben Arfa and other players who can help to improve his game.
Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t use the same tactics as David Moyes at Manchester United but Zaha’s game would benefit from a spell at the Saints in several ways.
Southampton are a side that press high up the pitch, working quickly to try and win the ball back. Those are two basic elements of Zaha’s game that Moyes will want to be in a very advanced state when he does start using him regularly at Old Trafford.
Zaha would also benefit from being around and playing with a mix of different English players such as the experience of Rickie Lambert with the raw talent of defender Luke Shaw.
Swansea are a possible choice because of the style of football the Swans play under manager Michael Laudrup.
Swansea move the ball attractively, playing out from the back and getting possession forward as quickly as possible.
In terms of his attacking development, there are few other clubs that would be better in terms of helping Zaha to progress into a more refined winger in all aspects of his attacking game.
Which side do you think Zaha will join on loan this winter?