Dropping a division to QPR only option for timid Man United star

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The collapse in confidence that Wilfried Zaha has experienced since signing for Manchester United resembles a man that has spent one too many late nights watching the England cricket team during the Ashes.

The latest chapter in The Curious Case of Wilf saw the winger dropped from the starting lineup for his club’s most recent U21 match, before coming on as a substitute and performing particularly poorly.

So with his self-belief clearly shot, we’ve drawn up a list of teams that are in need of a winger and can help Zaha rediscover his mojo, grading the suitability of each one.

Liverpool – E

The Reds, who are battling to make good on their 17/20 odds to finish in the top-four, would just be a too high-pressured move for the 21-year-old.

Signing for a Champions League-chasing club isn’t going to do Zaha’s poise any good, as he’d be expected to perform right away.

Stoke – D

The Potters’ direct style of play wouldn’t suit Zaha, who needs a team that will make full use of his pace and powerful running with the ball.

Stoke’s preference to play up to, and off of, a tall striker like Peter Crouch makes them and Zaha a poor fit.

Swansea – B

Swansea, who are relegation candidates and 11/1 shots to go down, would be the ideal Premier League landing spot for the former Crystal Palace man.

Playing a possession-based style of football, and with a host of injuries to attacking players, the Liberty stadium would likely offer the game-time Zaha craves. Except there’s just one destination that appeals greater.

Queens Park Rangers – A

Signing for a high-flying, London-based, Championship club would rekindle happy memories of Zaha’s time with the Eagles and QPR, who are 9/5 to win the division, fit that bill.

A drop in league would be of great benefit, while Harry Redknapp’s notorious love of attacking wingers plays right into the Man United man’s hands.

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Matt Wiggins

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