At a reported £70million, Wilfried Zaha is over priced and overrated.
Zaha turns 27 next season, and last year was the first time he had ever scored 10 league goals in a single campaign. Crystal Palace’s reported £70million asking price for the Ivorian-turned-Englishman-turned-Ivorian is too much for a player with his ability and age.
We Zaha 22 or 23, you would be entitled to think “fantastic young talent” but he is not. In November he turns 27. That means he is not going to get much better. He is at his peak. And any transfer fee spent on him is unlikely to be recouped.
Last season he had a decent season. But it was not an exceptional one. Yes, he scored 10 goals, but he averaged nearly 300 minutes per goal. The much maligned Theo Walcott Only averaged as high as this twice in his Arsenal career, the last being when he was 22.
Even if he was on the market at £40million, I would still feel that as overpriced. There are younger, cheaper, more exciting players in world football.
Arsenal were linked with Lille forward Nicolas Pepe last summer after he scored 14 goals in 38 games. This season he has netted 21 times and notched 13 assists.
“Nicolas Pepe will leave,” Lille manager Christophe Galtier recently told Canal+.
He has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in recent weeks and with a reported transfer fee of £70million, Pepe would take up a huge chunk of the transfer budget for any club.
Whilst he would be an expensive signing, he is 2 years Zaha’s junior and a lot more talented.
21-year-old Ismaila Sarr is a raw talent. Lightening quick, his end product does let him down and needs work.
If Pepe is too expensive at £70million, Sarr is a more reasonably priced £25million. 2 years younger, he could become as good as Pepe.
Jose Mourinho recently compared Sarr to Barcelona’s Ousman Dembele.
German international Julian Brandt is a little bit different to many on this list.
He does not posses the lightening quick speed and directness of others on this list, but he is arguably the best all round footballer.
Brandt has pretty much played everyone for Bayer Leverkusen this season, including one game at left back.
A versatile player who can play on the wing or down the middle, as well as deeper. He does not have the pace of someone like his team mate Leon Bailey, but he makes up for it with excellent movement and technique. He reminds me a lot of Santi Cazorla (except about a foot taller).
It was Brandt who kept Leroy Sane out of the German World Cup squad last summer.
Whilst Brandt would do a job out wide, there is a feeling that, in the long term, his best position is a number 10.
With a reported release clause of £21.6 million, and Brandt being a long term Mesut Ozil replacement, it makes sense to sign the 23-year-old ahead of Zaha
With a reported £25million release clause, Hakim Ziyech has come to a lot of peoples attention following Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final.
Just 6 months younger than Zaha, Ziyech is at his peak and there are doubts over whether he would be able to step up to a top end Premier League team.
Last season Brighton signed Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who arrived on the South coast with a similar reputation as Ziyech. Jahanbakhsh went from top scorer in the Eredivisie to not netting a single goal in the Premier League.
Not blessed with a lot of pace, Ziyech would probably be a better back up for Ozil then an out and out winger.
Despite the doubts, Arsenal would be better off investing in Ziyech at £25million then Zaha at £70million.
Staying in Holland, 21-year-old Steven Bergwijn is an exciting young talent.
Last season Justin Kluivert got all the accolades and the big money transfer to Roman. Many at the time felt that his PSV team mate Bergwijn was the better player.
Bergwijn reportedly has a release clause of only €20 million (£17.5 million). Sources on this are however vague and Arsenal were linked with his for €35 million a month or so ago.
He is raw and quick, but at 21 he plenty of time to develop.
A year ago Leon Bailey was one of the hottest young prospects in football. Aged 20, he hit 12 goals in 34 games leading many to value him northwards of £40million.
12 months on and his star has dimmed slightly.
Scoring just 5 n 38 this season, it feels like he has gone backwards, however it should be remembered that he is still just 21-years-old – 6 years Zaha’s junior.
With electric pace, is he the real deal, a rough diamond that just needs shining like Raheem Sterling, or is he just another in a long line of speedsters who does not have the footballing ability to make it to the top level?
Arsenal would likely be able to sign him for less than the £40million quoted last season. Cheaper, younger and more talented than Zaha.
Zaha at £70million would be a ludicrous transfer. Even the reduced price of £40million that Arsenal are reportedly interested at feels heavy.
Instead of signing Zaha, Arsenal should invest in two of the above mentioned.
Go for Julian Brandt firstly. He has the experience and ability to make an instant impact and is a future long term replacement for Mezut Ozil.
Alongside Brandt Arsenal should recruit either Ismaila Sarr or Steven Bergwijn. Both a little rawer, but with pace to burn.
A double swoop on Brandt and either Sarr or Bergwijn would cost the Arsenal between £40-50million.
We would be signing younger alternatives to Zaha, who have the potential to be better than him.
It just makes sense.
Zaha is in his prime…he’s 26 and available and totally familiar with the PL. Ready made. Almost all the players you list may not adapt to the speed, intensity and physicality of the Premier League.
That is my issue. He is in his prime and averaged 1 goal every 300 minutes in the best season of his life. That is not good enough
On your article; “6 better alternatives for Arsenal than £70million Wilfried Zaha”
As from my comments before, you agreed with me that both Zaha and Nicolas Pepe are over priced and as for Nicolas Pepe over valued and you commented earlier agreeing with me that perhaps Arsenal have missed the boat and should have signed Pepe last season.
Then why are you including Nicolas Pepe as one of your “6 selections”? What are you smoking over at your abode or office? Haha is a Winger; then why include Hakim Ziyech who is a “Box to Box” complete Midfielder(Sofia) in your “6 selections” ? What are you smoking over at your abode or office? Your selection of Steven Bergwijn(LW/RW,PSV) is a valid inclusion But Not at the expense of the Exclusion of far Superior Hirving Lozano (RW/LW/ST, PSV), who has turbo charged Acceleration and Sprinting Speed compared to Steven Bergwijn and Speedier than Arsenal’s Aubameyang!
I am also bewildered by you not being conscious of Hirving Lozano’s stats of this season but are of those of Bergwijn, given they are both from PSV. Steven Brgwijn – 43 apps , 14 goals, 13 assists; Hirving Lozano – 40 apps, 21 goals, 10 assists.
AFCl clearly have made enquiries on both Hakim Ziyech and Hirving Lozano in the past and clearly also today. According to Admin of Football Oranje.com on the 6th May 2019 that PSV are expecting £70m for both Lozano and Berwijnthe. Then the Express on 9th May 2019, Luke Gardner wrote “PSV are considering double sale of Lozano and Bergwijn at £55m.
“SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON” must attend to due diligence and get your facts correct and be of better service and elevate your standards.
I include Pepe to highlight that if you are going to sign Zaha for £70m, there is a better, younger alternative on the market
As for the rest of your guff, my advice is to stop reading football rumours and believing they are fact. The fact that the 2 sources you provide show completely different prices sums up the BS speculation
Zaha is a beast & I’d love him at Arsenal… can’t see it happening though (££) I do also really like Ziyech