Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has dismissed reports suggesting that Wilfried Zaha is a summer transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur.
The 24-year-old has been on fine form for the Eagles, regularly posing as a threat on the attack and causing trouble for oppositions’ defence when going forward.
He won the free kick which led to Troy Deeney’s own goal in Saturday’s 1-0 victory against Watford and scored a crucial goal against West Bromwich Albion the week before.
The winger, who has yet to reach an agreement with Palace for a contract extension, has once again been linked with a move to Spurs.
However, Eagles boss Allardyce has dismissed these claims and insists that they’re just rumours.
“Spurs were always mentioned because agents or somebody decided to stir the pot,” Sky Sports quote the 62-year-old as saying.
“We all know who stirs the pot behind the scenes even though they deny it, but we know they do it.”
The former England manager goes on to express concerns for Zaha, believing that he is targeted by defenders after being on the receiving end of nasty fouls and tackles.
“He gets terrible treatment off the opposition because he is so skilful. Maybe he needs a bit more protection from the referees,” Allardyce said.
“He’s got to realise that’s down to his genius ability that these lads can’t cope, and because they can’t cope they’ve got to end up fouling him. He can riddle past two or three, his feet are that good.
“He gets kicked as much as Hazard. Keep going Wilf, it’s a compliment to you when people can’t cope with your ability and have to foul you.”
Palace should not be under a false sense of security as they are four points clear of relegation but still have fixtures against Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs.