Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha will be left feeling like the biggest loser of the transfer window.

The Ivorian was looking for a fresh challenge this summer after revealing he wanted to play Champions League football and the likes of Arsenal and Everton showed heavy interest in his services.

The Ivory Coast international even handed in a transfer request to try and get his dream move but it failed to materialize with Palace standing firm over their £80m valuation, leaving him furious.

In the end, the duo of Arsenal and Everton got their happy endings – the Gunners eventually signing Nicolas Pepe and the Toffees snapping Alex Iwobi from the former.

From the 26-year-old’s point of view, it might be a summer to forget. On a closer perspective though, it might eventually prove to be a blessing in disguise.

One can’t help but notice that the scenarios regarding his transfer saga had a striking resemblance to that of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Manchester United.

They were both fueled by intent to move to “bigger” English clubs; their current clubs at the time frustrated their efforts and both players even handed in transfer requests.

It all points to one direction we know – that Wilfried Zaha just like Alexis Sanchez would eventually get his move to a “bigger club”.

However, if history has shown us one or two things; he should be wary of ending up like the latter.

The way and manner in which a player leaves a club goes a long way to determine his reception in his new club.

Alexis Sanchez, for all of his good efforts at Arsenal, ended his tenure on a sad note.

The sour atmosphere in which he left things also caused keen attention on his United performances.

Till this date, he hasn’t lived up to expectations and in the end, he may sadly lose all forms of “legacy” with both Arsenal and United.

That will mean he’ll be remembered as the player who forced his moved and saw his career decline drastically – rather than a player who just wanted to play with more ambition.

If Zaha eventually gets his move under similar circumstances and eventually fails to deliver, he’s at even higher risk of getting more dissent than the Chilean did.

At 26, he’s much younger and obviously at the peak of his powers.

Reports suggested that the Ivorian was called by a number of teammates and agreed to keep a calm head and remain professional for as long as he wears Palace colours.

In an over-inflated and highly demanding transfer market, a smooth transition to another club is the key to getting on the right start.

The Ivorian will one day thank his teammates for calling him to order.


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