For the first half of the Premier League season, Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha was considered one of the hottest transfer targets in England. Now, he finally has a new home.
Well, at least he will next summer.
According to The Guardian, the winger will join Manchester United in July of 2013.
Zaha began turning heads last season, scoring nine goals and adding seven assists for Crystal Palace in 47 appearances. And at only 20 years old, his future looks incredibly bright.
He has built upon that fine play this season, and clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have been rumored to be vying for his services throughout the season.
If you think this kid is pure hype, think again. His manager, Ian Holloway, had some very high praise for him (via ESPN):
He is so unique. He is an untouched, pure talent. I've never worked with anyone like him—he just wants to get the ball and beat people. However many there are, he can do it... Good gracious me, it is quite unbelievable what he can do, and hopefully, a lot of fans around the country will see him still progress because it is so pure. You just want to give him the ball. I find myself willing my other players to give it to him because the more he has it, the better my team does.
Still, there will be quite a few interested parties waiting to see if Zaha can play at a high level once he makes his Premier League debut. It's one thing to have your way in the Championship. It's quite another to do so in England's top division.
Zaha will have to prove that he can translate his many talents and potential into success in the Premier League. And given how coveted he has been this January, he'll need to prove that to fans sooner rather than later since they are surely waiting to see what all of the fuss is about.
He certainly appears to be a dynamic player, combining excellent pace, control on the ball and the ability to take on defenders and cut back into the box to look for his shot. As you saw in the video above, he does not lack for flair.
It should be exciting to watch Zaha haunt the wing for the next several years. Well, not for the rest of the Premier League, but for us fans, that is.
All that's left is for Zaha to prove that he has been worth the wait.