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Will Wilfried Zaha be the new John Bostock?

31st January 2013
One of the earlier transfer deals before the deadline was the deal that will eventually bring Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United for an incredible sum. As we know, the deal allows Zaha to spend the remainder of the season back at Crystal Palace to help them on their promotion push towards the untold riches of the Premier League.

Interestingly, Palace were responsible for initially nurturing another young talent a couple of years back in John Bostock. Joining Palace as a 7 year old, Bostock made his debut at 15 years and 287 days with the South London club and was heralded as a future superstar.

The outspoken Chairman at Palace, Simon Jordan was extremely vitriolic about the way Bostock was allowed to join Spurs for, in his opinion, a derisory fee. Bostock joined Spurs, but from there it appears to have gone horribly wrong. Apart from a couple of Europa League matches for Spurs, Bostock’s career has been limited to relatively unproductive loan spells with Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City and latterly Swindon Town.

He is still only 20 and it may be that his time is still to come, but we must hope that Zaha’s undoubted talent does not follow the same path of the previous Palace prodigy.

There are differences of course, Manchester United can boast an exemplary track record with both home grown and imported young talent and the structure there will give him every chance to avoid the pitfalls that befell Bostock.

Zaha has already experienced a taste of international football and it will be interesting to see if Old Trafford can bring out the best in this precocious talent.
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