Rumours persist that Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha will be leaving Selhurst Park this summer with a whole host of clubs said to be interested in the 25-year-old. One of those clubs is believed to be German giants Borussia Dortmund who are looking to strengthen their squad after a disappointing campaign last season saw them finish in a disappointing fourth place, 29 points adrift of champions Bayern Munich.
One of the reasons why you’d believe this move is possible in the first place is due to the fact that Andriy Yarmolenko recently left the club to join West Ham United in a deal said to be worth close to £20m. An interesting point is that football agency Unique Sports Management are said to have played a role in the deal happening and they are also the people tasked with looking after Wilfried Zaha’s best interests too.
In terms of what Zaha can add on the pitch he’s a perfect fit for the Bundesliga. Zaha scores goals, he creates them and he adds plenty of energy in the final third. The directness to his game makes him a menace to any defender in the world and if Dortmund are to line up with three players supporting a loan central striker, Zaha could slot into any of the three positions and he could even be effective leading the line too.
Zaha could, in many ways, follow in the footsteps of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who left Dortmund in the winter window to join Arsenal. Aubameyang found himself operating as a winger for the German club before he was converted to a striker to great effect. Zaha, primarily a winger, has already started to play more games as a central striker and this trend could continue if he’s to leave Selhurst Park this summer.
Dortmund is a big club in world football and certainly a step up from Crystal Palace. While some may worry that it may be too big of a step for Zaha, they need not fear. Zaha moved from Crystal Palace to Manchester United in 2013 and while that move didn’t necessarily work out, probably as it was too early in his career; he knows what playing for a big club steeped in history is about. He won’t be phased by a move to Dortmund and will more than likely relish the opportunity.
Dortmund has so far recruited the likes of Abdou Diallo, Thomas Delaney and Marius Wolf in the transfer window and this shows that they’re looking to really strengthen ahead of the new campaign as they look to once again become contenders for the Bundesliga title; especially as they are priced at Unibet 8/1 second favourites to win the Bundesliga. Most betting sites have Bayern 1/7 odds on favourites, which underlines the massive hole that Dortmund needs to fill. Zaha would certainly be another positive move in the right direction, based on his attributes as a player and he would also fall in line with the club’s preferred option of recruiting players who are the right age, with plenty of years left in the tank.