Jamie Redknapp says Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha is 'best player outside the big six'

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

Wilfried Zaha shone again for Crystal Palace as they beat Leicester City 3-0 on Saturday.

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on December 16, 2017 in...

Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is the best player in the Premier League outside of ‘the big six’ clubs.

The Ivory Coast international scored his fourth goal of the season to inspire the Eagles to a 3-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday, and has resurrected Palace after seven games without a point from the start of the campaign.

Leading pundit Redknapp was mesmerised with Zaha’s trickery at the King Power Stadium and feels that he is “vital” to Palace’s chances of top-flight survival.

"Hodgson has got Palace well organised and has made them hard to beat," Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail.

Former England footballer Jamie Redknapp visiting pupils at St Johns RC High School ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Johns RC High School on October 5, 2016 in Dundee,...

"They are now unbeaten in seven, keeping clean sheets in three of those games. Even when Palace were rock bottom I maintained their squad was too talented to go down - particularly with Wilfried Zaha fit and firing.

"Some of the things Zaha was doing on the ball at Leicester were unbelievable. He is the best player outside the big six clubs and it is vital Hodgson keeps hold of him next month."

Redknapp’s comments suggest that he thinks Zaha can make the step up to a top-six club and his performances have reportedly drawn the eyes of the elite.

According to The Mirror, Chelsea are considering a bid for the 25-year-old, who has been a long-term target for Tottenham Hotspur and, more recently, Arsenal.

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on December 16, 2017 in...

As Sky Sports report, Tottenham tried to sign Zaha in 2016 and will regret missing out after ending up with Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou as alternatives.

Spurs could desperately do with a pacey dribbler to add some unpredictability to their attacking ranks and Zaha clearly has the approval of former midfielder Redknapp. 

Zaha failed upon moving to Manchester United in 2013, but has since improved his consistency and end product significantly and deserves a second shot at a big club.

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