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Wilfried Zaha has proved nothing yet

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The hype surrounding Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha is some of the fiercest and potentially most misguided we have seen for a while.

A quick Twitter search last night following his assist in England under-21s draw with Finland last night showed up hoards of fans, not just United, who were calling for him to play more games for club and country - mixed with scathing attacks on anybody who dared to disagree.

There's absolutely no doubt that Zaha looks a great talent with his mix of silky skills, pace and eye for goal therefore he could potentially go on to become an England regular, but a world-class star? Probably not.  

It should be remembered that the 20-year-old made his name in the Championship and hasn't played a single minute of Premier League football yet.

There's a lot of players who have come to the Premier League who love to show-off, like Zaha does, but who have failed.

In the Championship there aren't really many players that get the tricks out, its more honest than that and the defenders might not be used to it so much.

But in the top flight you have world-class, no-nonsense defenders.

Unless you are Cristiano Ronaldo, its tough to get by and defenders don't have much time for youngsters who will try and make them look silly.

But even Ronaldo struggled at the start, he was mercilessly kicked up in the air and knocked about, it was only when he set down the show-boating and focused on his goalscoring that he moved to the next stage of his career.

I can think of many other supposed stars in the making for whom it didn't quite work out for in England alone.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Aaron Lennon, Ashley Young are all of a similar style to Zaha but none have them gone on to become world-beaters.

Modern day wingers are becoming slightly predictable at the moment and you have to be really good to take yourself further.

There will be times in games when trickery and pace will become redundant and it's that scrappy style of play that Zaha will need to learn.

At the moment there seems more support and expectation for the former Palace man than players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling, which is strange because they both have Premier League experience and impressive performances to match.

I'm not saying Sterling or 'The Ox' will turn out as better players but at the moment they deserve more attention.

However, generally in this country we do over-hype our youngsters when compared to our Spanish and Brazilian rivals, as technically speaking, we are a long way off.

Spain's success and Brazil's before that had come from players who nail the simple but effective pass and move side of the game. I can't think of many who play out wide who just try to run and trick there way to the goal.

Before anybody says Neymar or Ronaldinho think again.

Neymar does show boat, maybe even more than Zaha but again he hasn't consistently proven himself after a few games in a very strong Barcelona side.

Meanwhile Ronaldinho's passing game was second to none.

The way football has progressed in recent years shows that the quick wingers are of less use than a clever player who can pass and think his way through an opening.

English football needs a Xavi, not a Ronaldo at this point.

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