Newcastle United have been heavily linked with a January loan move for Wilfried Zaha according to the Daily Mirror as a consequence of his limited opportunities at Manchester United.
His only appearance for the first team came against Norwich City in the Capital One Cup and he hasn’t appeared much for the Under-21s either.
However, despite how little first team football he has played, staying at Old Trafford is what he needs to do this season.
Moyes explained that Zaha’s absence wasn’t down to his ability but opportunity, something many fans will argue is a poor excuse given how poor our other wingers had played, but he wanted to let Zaha know how stiff the competition was.
He said: “Wilfried Zaha has not appeared as we’ve just not felt we’ve had the opportunity. I want Wilf to get used to what happens here. The competition is hard and it’s just impossible to get all these players playing at the one time – we can only play 11 men on a Saturday.
“I think it’s important Wilf gets to see the level of training and the level of the players and the quality they have got. Wilf is getting better and we are pleased about that.”
Moyes’ comments on how important it was for Zaha to see the level of training at United is why I think it would be foolish to let him leave on loan. He needs to get a full season with United under his belt before a loan spell should be considered.
The 20-year-old is a very talented but raw product and everybody saw that in pre-season. His ability to beat his man was natural as was his crossing but a lot of his decisions weren’t sharp enough and his shooting left a lot to be desired. There is no better place for him to learn that at Carrington.
He needs to stay at the club for the season and take on board whatever experience he can get. Whether that is being there to watch United retain the Premier League title or otherwise, it is experience that will help round him as a player.
Moving to Newcastle may get him some more first team football in the short term but I think the long term benefits of staying at Old Trafford outweigh the positives of what a loan spell would give him.
Do you think Wilfried Zaha should be loaned out in January if his game time continues to be limited?