Twelve months ago the world looked to be at Wilfried Zaha’s feet.
His boyhood club Crystal Palace were on the road to eventual promotion to the Premier League, while Zaha had already guaranteed his own place in the top flight having secured a move to champions elect Manchester United and had been talked about as a potential World Cup prospect having made his senior debut for England.
Fast forward to the present day and its hard to believe things could of gone as wrong as they have for the talented young winger.
Despite some excellent performances during pre-season Zaha made only four appearances for new United boss David Moyes before eventually being loaned to relegation strugglers Cardiff City in January, for whom he has turned out nine times to date in spell which has but ending any slim hopes of boarding the plane to Rio in the summer.
Moyes was said to be unimpressed by Zaha’s attitude in training, and to life in general, with the Scotsman stating that Zaha was finding it difficult to adapt to the standards expected of him at a club the size of United.
The two reportedly had an altercation in January as Moyes initially pulled the plug on Zaha’s proposed loan, having already refused to send his young winger back to a London-based club for fears of his off the field behaviour, leading to Zaha storming out of Moyes office following a frank exchange between the pair.
Having failed to show any of the signs necessary to make it at the top, United are now reportedly ready to cut their losses on the man that cost them £15m just over a year ago with Moyes looking to overhaul his squad in the summer.
United supporters were keen to see more of the wide man in action and will no doubt be frustrated to see him leave having never really been given an opportunity to showcase his talents if the reports are true, especially for what is sure to be a significant loss in terms of the fee that can be recouped.
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