Wilfried Zaha might be the next big thing for Manchester United, but the club must be patient about trying to complete the transfer.
However, this sentiment is not shared by everyone. Alan Nixon of Mirror Football believes that the transfer has taken on more urgency due to the injury of Antonio Valencia. He writes:
The Ecuadorian star has been on painkillers for the past month and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is worried that he could break down at any stage.
Valencia’s injury concern—and the likely departure next month of Nani—is making Ferguson’s move for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha even more of a priority.
The reason for this debate is that the club could come to an agreement with Crystal Palace that allows the young player to stay with his current team throughout the season.
Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail first reported that Crystal Palace wants to keep the star forward on the team in order to attempt to earn a promotion to the Premier League.
In reality, this would be the best move for everyone involved.
With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie up front, Zaha has little chance to play, at least in his natural position. The club has also scored 10 more goals in league play than anyone else in the EPL, so offensive firepower is not needed.
In addition, it is unknown how much Zaha could help with his little experience against top competition.
He certainly would not be able to replace the experienced Valencia, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The midfielder does not contribute much on the offensive end anyway, with only three assists and no goals in 14 starts this year.
If the club were to add someone to help this season, it would make more sense to acquire this type of defensive-minded midfielder to create some depth on the roster.
In this scenario, Zaha could have more time to improve his play while helping Crystal Palace achieve its own goals. He is only 20 years old, so this is the time for patience.
However, this would also allow the striker to be part of Manchester United when he is ready. This will ensure a nice future for the club due to his unmistakable talents.
By rushing him to the club, it could hinder his development and lead to a disappointing career based on his price tag.
When a club has a chance to win the English Premier League, it is rarely patient. However, that is exactly what this group needs to be concerning the acquisition of one of England's top young stars.