Tuesday Jul 23, 2019. 09:17
Former Crystal Palace forward Clinton Morrison believes that the club will endure a major struggle in the 2019/20 season if they lose Ivory Coast star Wilfried Zaha.
The winger has been heavily linked with a move away from Selhurst Park ahead of the new campaign. Arsenal have had an initial £40million bid rejected, while Bayern Munich are also said to be interested in the services of the 26-year-old.
Palace are under no pressure to sell – especially after recouping £55million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s move to Manchester United – and it would take a much-improved bid for the Eagles to even consider selling their talisman, according to Morrison.
However, the former Palace striker has delivered a stark warning for Palace should they sell Zaha this European summer.
“I went to the game against Nottingham Forest on Friday and in the first half, Forest dominated the game,” he said, speaking on Talksport.
“In the second half, Palace were the better team, but it was putting the ball in the back of the net, which Palace struggled to do, and they have struggled to do that of late.
“They didn’t have Wilfried Zaha and he is the talisman, when he is in the team he is the main man and he makes things happen.
“When he isn’t in the team, they still create chances, but if Palace do lose him, I am really worried about what things will be like for Palace this season.
“Losing Aaron Wan-Bissaka was always going to be a big blow, he is a terrific footballer and he has been outstanding.”