Zaha recently signed a bumper new deal at Selhurst Park, thought to be worth in the region of £130,000 per-week, but has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Liverpool in the last few months.
The Ivory Coast international was a massive factor in Palace avoiding relegation last season after a difficult start, and he’s began this campaign in equally bright fashion – so much so that Souness has lavished him with some pretty serious praise.
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Speaking as an analyst for Sky during Palace’s 2-1 defeat to Watford earlier today – in which Zaha scored – Souness said via the Express: “He is sensational.
“I can see him playing for Real Madrid, that’s how good he is.
“I think there’s maybe a handful of players, even outside our own league, that have got his kind of ability.
“His change of direction, his balance he’s got is quite unique, and I think that’s why he gets fouled and should get more penalties than he does. I don’t see him as a diver.
“But I think he’s got quite a unique talent and with the utmost respect to Crystal Palace, maybe he has been scarred by the experience at Man United, but he’s ready for a big, big club. The biggest clubs.
“Again with the utmost respect to Palace, if he stays here throughout his career he will end up with no trophies, no medals and say ‘what if?’.
“I think he’s ready now to go, even if it means going outside to the big two in Spain, I think both of them would welcome him with open arms.
“He’s a door-opener, there just isn’t too many of those players around.
“He’s unique in our football, almost unique in our football and I am an enormous fan of him.
“I think of Laurie Cunningham who left West Brom and went to Real Madrid.
“He is in that league, he has got the stuff that gets you on the edge of your seat.
“He is a unique player.”
Personally, we’re not entirely sure Zaha would live up to the mammoth expectations placed on him at a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona, but what do you think?