If Wilfried Zaha is given a second chance at a top Premier League side this summer, it will be thoroughly deserved.
The attacking midfielder never made an impact at Manchester United, but after a superb season with Crystal Palace, he is expected to be the subject of a lot of interest when the transfer window opens.
Tottenham have been heavily linked with him having tried to sign him in the past, but money is likely to be an obstacle.
Chairman Daniel Levy is running a tight ship as the club prepares to move to a new stadium in 2018, and it’s certainly an odd state of affairs when Palace can offer higher wages than second-placed Spurs.
Yet, that isn’t the main question mark Levy is holding against the 24-year-old.
The Telegraph claim that with Zaha having opted to play for the Ivory Coast instead of England, the Lilywhites are increasingly reluctant to pay big money for him now that he’ll be away at the AFCON every two years.
It’s suggested that the club’s experiences with joint record signings Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko have taught them a harsh lesson, and it will take an exceptional player to convince them to break the bank again. Ross Barkley is another midfielder on the horizon as he continues to stall on a new Everton contract.