Manchester United starlet could be World Cup saviour, he just needs the right move first

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha could be the answer to the Theo Walcott problem, but needs to move in order to get more game time.

Speculation over a loan move for Wilfried Zaha has been rife in the early parts of this transfer window, with United already having reportedly rejected an approach from former club Crystal Palace.

The news of Theo Walcott's injury whilst devastating to England's chances in the World Cup, opened up genuine competition for a starting role in the England side.

There is no outstanding candidate for Theo Walcott's replacement and could go to any one of around 10 Premier League wingers all vying for that spot in Roy Hodgson's team. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling and Andros Townsend are supposedly favourites for the position but if another English winger has a headline smashing end to the season, they could very well find themselves in England's first team facing Italy on the 14th June.

Wilfried Zaha made his England debut over a year ago in a friendly match against Sweden, coming on as a second half sub. Since then Zaha played a key role in Crystal Palace's promotion to the Premier League and earned himself a £15m move to Premier League champions Manchester United last January.

He arrived at United this summer and up to now it hasn't been as successful as first envisaged, having only played 28 minutes of Premier League football in an under performing David Moyes side. Sir Alex Ferguson was the man that sanctioned the deal for the 21-year-old winger and it could be that Moyes simply doesn't agree with his predecessors judgement on the player.

If he did start to play for Manchester United, he could be a major turning point in their season and he could claim an England spot playing for his parent club. However, at the moment it looks increasingly likely that if he is serious about proving himself in the Premier League and earning that spot in Roy Hodgson's side, he will definitely need a loan move this January.

The tricky part is picking the right club to enhance both his international chances and those at club level beyond the summer.

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