I'd love us to sign him. I think Ferguson will defo be after him after his performance against them in the Carling Cup. Not as good, but he was very reminiscent of the younger Cristiano Ronaldo, and he was fearless. I remember hearing that the one thing that Ferguson looks out for above all others in a young player is the willingness to try something, even if it fails. He was really big on them having no fear in their game, and that was Zaha to a tee.
Would love us to get him 'cos he's got ability to go with that. The issue is that we've got Sterling who isn't that far away (he'd be playing if he was in the Championship make no mistake) and also Ibe further down who may or may not end up in that class. As impressed as I've been when I've seen Zaha, would he be any more involved in the first team than someone like Shelvey, or at best, Kelly? He'd just be another talented teenage winger, albeit slightly further ahead.
I'd be delighted to get him though. I think United get a lot of their wins just because they've got so many options out wide that can beat a man. It doesn't matter when someone is off form for them. Downing and Young both had good starts to the season (albeit Young had strikers finishing his chances). Downing goes off the boil for 5 months and he's the only one we've got out wide who can really run with the ball (maybe Bellamy). Young disappears for the same amount of time and Valencia shows up, or Nani, or even Park and Giggs.
Man Utd win so many game from out wide you'd think that someone would have cottoned on to it and looked to replicate it. Villa had a go with their Milner/Young/Downing line up, but stocking up on quality wide players isn't something many of the top teams in England have seemed to have done. Perhaps its the culture, they're too flashy and need to be 'carried'.
But like you say, it pays huge dividends for Utd.
On Zaha, I never watched that much of him before we were linked last year had a look at his stats and remember asking Dilks what all the fuss was about. His numbers didnt look impressive at all, even taking in to account his tender years. But ive tried to watch him as much as I could since we were linked and ive been very impressed. The lad has a lot of ability.
He reminds me a bit of Ngoo. Just that bit quicker and more direct. His ability to beat a man is very very good. Excellent feet and as you say he's got that swagger about him to try things and keep wanting the ball even if they might not come off.
He's certainly maturing as well, its almost happening on a game by game basis now. More assists, more goals, more end product. Now is the time to get him, because he could easily end up doing an Ashley Young or Gareth Bale and move for a bit of money, the sort where you think ooooh thats a lot for a young lad from the Championship. But then within a year or two he's worth a hell of a lot more.
Going off our recent recruitment Id say we're within a shout of going for him and 'speculating' on him early doors as opposed to waiting as we would have done in the past.
But like you Id have just as many worries about how much he'd actually play. He clearly needs games to continue his progress (as do a number of lads already on our books) but Kenny doesnt seems to be dishing them out too much right now.
Europe should help in this regard. But we do need to be giving the likes of Coates, Shelvey, Kelly, Robinson games. And soon. Lest we arrest their progress and leave them behind.
The chances will be there Kuyt, Carra, Gerrard, Maxi are all of that age and should all be involved less next season. Be it through being sold, phased out or injured. It's up to Kenny to back our own and back the lads to step up.