Manchester United outcast is not the answer for Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha playing for Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha looks likely to leave Old Trafford this summer, but Crystal Palace should be wary of a deal.

Zaha broke onto the scene in the 2010/11 season, playing 41 league games for Crystal Palace, and impressive viewers with his pace and agility.

Regarded as one of the brightest prospects outside the Premier League, he once again played 41 times for the Eagles in 2011/12 - winning the Football League Young Player of the Year award - before starting the 2012/13 season in fine form. His best season to date, the 21-year old registered eight goals and two assists in 27 games, a tally which saw Manchester United splash out a reported £10 million fee for the youngster.

An immediate loan back to Palace saw the twice-capped England international lead the Eagles to promotion, with Zaha winning the penalty that won Palace the Play-Off final.

Yet, for all the hype surrounding Zaha, his career in Manchester failed to ignite, having appeared just twice for the Red Devils last season. A loan move to Cardiff City beckoned in January 2014, yet, despite playing 10 times for the Bluebirds, Zaha managed just one assist, and he failed to keep his team in the Premier League.

With the arrival of Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, Zaha has been linked with a move away from United, and, despite interest from a host of Championship clubs, The Mirror suggest the youngster is set to return to Palace.

Whilst he is adored at Selhurst Park - and is frequently regarded as one of the greatest talents the Eagles have produced - agreeing a deal for Zaha would represent something of a risk for Tony Pulis.

Tactically, Zaha would fit right into Pulis's system, with his direct wing-play a key component of any side Pulis sets up - although he would have to displace the marvellous Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie.

With the importance of crossing, Zaha would have to improve, as he registered just 0.3 successful crosses per game last season, whilst Puncheon and Bolasie succeeded with one and 0.8 respectively.

Going back to Palace would make Zaha a big fish in a small pond once again, with him seen as the superstar of the team. Does he have the personality required to dig in, amid a relegation fight? He did not help Cardiff City last season.

In the unit mentality that Pulis requires from his players, Zaha would be the lone star, exciting audiences with his undoubted spark of talent. However, he may ruin both his potential future team, as well as his career, if he carries on in the same direction he is currently travelling - losing his reputation as one of England's brightest footballing prospects.

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