EXCLUSIVE: Harry Redknapp urges Wilfried Zaha to reject Tottenham and stay with Crystal Palace for ‘another season’

26 Aug

Harry Redknapp has urged Wilfried Zaha to turn down the chance of signing for Tottenham, telling talkSPORT the young winger should remain with Crystal Palace for another season.

It has been reported that Spurs have made an offer of £15 million for the 23-year-old, with Zaha himself telling Palace boss Alan Pardew that he wants to leave Selhurst Park.

A move to White Hart Lane gives the youngster the chance to play for a team fighting for the Premier League title and in the Champions League, and under a manager who has a proven record with developing youth players.

However, Redknapp does not believe a move is wise for Zaha, as his chances of consistent first-team football will fall drastically if he switches South London for the north of the city.

Speaking to Kick Off, the former Lilywhites manager said: “He needs to play. If he goes to Tottenham and doesn’t get in the team, he’ll start sitting on the bench.

“He’s a big wheel at Palace, a big player there and the crowd love him, and he’s a big part of their team.

“He’s in there every week, and suddenly to be sitting on the bench [at Spurs] his head will go down a bit – it’s not really what he needs.

“I think he needs to have another season and show what he can do, because he has undoubted, great talent. There’s no doubt about it, on his day he’s a match winner.”


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