Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha could be on his way out the club this summer, with an anticipated new contract bringing him in line with the club’s top earners not forthcoming.
However, similar wranglings across the capital at Tottenham should lend the mazy dribbler a bit more perspective.
The Sun report that the Eagles wideman ‘understood he was to be offered a new deal at the end of last season after talks with his advisors,’ but has been told by ‘club bosses’ that he won’t be offered one.
According to the newspaper, Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon are also thought to be in a similar situation and, to an extent their gripes are understandable, with subsequent signings Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend on £100,000 and £70,000 per week respectively.
Occasional England man Townsend is receiving double the £35,000 per seven days work that Zaha does, yet the contracts of several of the former’s one-time White Hart Lane stablemates.
Lilywhites’ creator Christian Eriksen’s own continuing contract negotiations hit the headlines a day later than the Palace man’s and the Dane’s contribution relative to his own for a similar, lesser, pay-packet, can’t but make the 23-year-old trickster, Bolasie and Puncheon wince.
Eriksen has delivered at least 12 combined goals or assists in each of his three Premier League campaigns with the Lilywhites, with last term his best so far.
He assisted more strikes in the division than anyone bar Mesut Ozil (13), also bagging six for himself, including a vital winner at Manchester City in February – all in return for £30,000 a week.
Zaha, immensely likeable as he is, has yet to manage more than half the worst of Erikson’s seasonal totals in two top-flight terms for the Eagles. Indeed 2015/16 saw him set up just one goal in the league.
Eriksen has earned any new, doubtless better-remunerated, contract coming his way. So has reigning Premier League top goalscorer Harry Kane (currently earning £50,000 a week).
The Palace player can only really point to his peers among Selhurst Park’s bigger names for justification over a wage hike, a tack he may wish to reconsider lest the club’s negotiators point out the bang Tottenham have been getting for their bucks.