Tottenham or Everton: Assessing Which Club Would Suit Wilfried Zaha Most

Robbie Walls
The Cote d'Ivoire international has had a poor season by his standards
The Cote d'Ivoire international has had a poor season by his standards / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

The transfer window is finally back open and you all know what that means - more Wilfried Zaha rumours.

The 27-year-old has been tipped for a move away from Crystal Palace in what seems like every window over the past few seasons and this summer is no different.

The Cote d'Ivoire international was seemingly a target for Arsenal last summer before they opted to move for international colleague Nicolas Pépé, and this time around, it appears that Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are the sides most interested in the former Manchester United man.

Both Mourinho and Ancelotti will be hoping for better next season
Both Mourinho and Ancelotti will be hoping for better next season / ADAM DAVY/Getty Images

The Toffees endured another frustrating season and new manager Carlo Ancelotti will no doubt be looking to revamp his squad ahead of next season. As for José Mourinho's Spurs, their disappointing season saw them just about scrape into sixth place to earn a Europa League spot - with the absence of Harry Kane for large spells of the season a major factor in their drop off.

But is Zaha a good fit for either side? 90min takes a deeper dive...


The Lilywhites have really underperformed this term, yet there have been some signs of a revival under Mourinho despite fans many, many grievances.

With Son Heung-min fit and firing again as well as Kane, perhaps the need for further attacking reinforcements like Zaha has been diminished. With Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura also providing options in attack, it does beg the question whether the 27-year-old would even make into the starting lineup.

Furthermore, the loss of defender Jan Vertonghen has further highlighted the need for quality defensive acquisitions, with the club potentially in need of a brand new back four. With this in mind, would Daniel Levy really be willing to splash out a £40m plus fee to sign Zaha? It appears unlikely.

That being said, Zaha has been backed for a move to the club, and his versatility in attack would be an attractive prospect as he could potentially lead the line should Kane once again have a spell on the sidelines.

The over-reliance on Kane and Son over the last few seasons has crippled the side when either is out through injury, so Zaha could be the man to come in as back-up - although playing second fiddle probably wouldn't suit him, regardless of the club's stature.


Richarlison aside, their have been few successful arrivals at Goodison Park over the last few seasons. Ambitious ownership has seen the club fork out hefty fees for the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Iwobi and youngster Moise Kean, who've all struggled to really spur the Toffees on.

Although legendary Italian manager Ancelotti will be keen for recruitment, perhaps lessons should be learned from their last few windows - where high-profile names have arrived in what seems like a scatter-gun approach.

The Everton hierarchy would also perhaps be wary of making a move for the Palace man after the failed spell of Zaha's former teammate Yannick Bolasie at the club. He made a £25m move to Merseyside back in 2016, yet has spent the last few seasons being carted out on loan across Europe.

Yannick Bolasie has never managed to settle at Everton
Yannick Bolasie has never managed to settle at Everton / Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

However, in Zaha's defence, he's a more consistent performer than his former colleague and undoubtedly a better option than what the Toffees already have - although that isn't saying much.

This season aside, Zaha has proved he can be a menace for any defender, and looked more like his usual self in Palace's recent defeat at the hands of United.

If Ancelotti is able to rekindle the ambition flame inside the Ivorian, he could be a real coup for a side that is crying out for imagination. That being said, much like Spurs, there may be other areas which require more pressing focus - in particular central midfield - although Everton are thought to be interested.

Where Will He Go?

Zaha looks set to leave Selhurst Park this summer
Zaha looks set to leave Selhurst Park this summer / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

In truth, he may not end up at either club, but it seems highly unlikely that he will still be playing for Roy Hodgson come the start of next season.

Spurs may offer European football, yet Everton's recent history of splashing the cash - and Levy's frugality - would suggest that Goodison is his most likely destination. He's not exactly young, cheap or in great form, but when has that ever stopped the Toffees making a move in the past.