West Ham have recently been linked with a move for the unsettled Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha but the youngster’s lack of discipline could prove to be a big deterrent for manager Sam Allardyce.
According to the Daily Mail the 21-year-old’s Old Trafford future is in doubt after new manager Louis van Gaal said he only sees him as a striker in his 3-5-2 formation.
Furthermore, with United already boasting an array of talent in the striker department it could be seen as favourable for Van Gaal to allow Zaha to leave, either on loan or permanently.
Zaha joined United in January 2013 as the last signing Sir Alex Ferguson ever made, before returning to previous club Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of that campaign.
And after being handed just four Manchester United appearances in the first half of last season under David Moyes, the youngster was farmed out to Cardiff City on another temporary deal, where he failed to impress.
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It was reported that Moyes did not like Zaha’s attitude and he may not be the only one in that respect.
Zaha was the only Red Devils first team squad member not to turn up for an ‘optional’ training day during their current preseason preparations and he was made to do a double warm-down in the searing heat of Denver, Colorado although he did not play a single minute of United’s friendly with AS Roma.
The tricky winger has bags of potential and an abundance of skill, but he has his priorities wrong at present and he needs to work harder to improve his game and prove himself as a true professional.
He is often looking to be the star man instead of a team player, showboating and loosing possession when he could have easily played it to someone in a better position than himself.
This is a trait that could hinder his development and stop his career from blossoming like many expected it to upon his arrival at Old Trafford.
He would be an exciting signing for West Ham, but he is not a Sam Allardyce type of player. He won’t put in a shift for the team and he is all about self-glory, which perhaps should be a reason for the Hammers to steer clear.
If they were to find themselves in a relegation scrap once again this year they would not want to be relying on a man that is only looking to help himself, rather than the team.
Although as the Hammers are short in the striker department, taking Zaha on loan as a possible option up top could be beneficial. However as he has little experience in that position it would be a big gamble.
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