BBC Sport pundit feels £30m star should not sign for Tottenham Hotspur this summer and stay put at his club instead and dont be foolish to leave when he’s getting to his best.
Zaha helped Palace earn a surprise win over Chelsea this weekend, adding to his many admirers in the process.
Crooks placed Zaha in his ‘Team of the Week’, but said that Zaha should snub Spurs, unless he really has his heart set on a move.
A former Tottenham player himself, Crooks feels Zaha will develop better under Sam Allardyce, despite Mauricio Pochettino’s track record of improving players.
He said: “There is a lot of talk about the Ivorian joining Spurs in the summer. An attractive move for the player I must admit. Who wouldn’t want to add the possibility of playing Champions League football to his international career?
“However, may I suggest that Zaha, having had a disappointing period at Manchester United, takes a pause before considering White Hart Lane. Another season at Crystal Palace under the tutelage of Allardyce may be more beneficial to his overall development.
“Spurs have enough Fancy Dans in their line-up without adding to them. Palace, on the other hand, are in desperate need of flair and exuberance in an otherwise functional, but effective outfit. Still, if Zaha insists on a move to the Lane, who could blame him?”
The Sun reported earlier this month that Tottenham are confident of signing the winger this summer, despite Crystal Palace valuing him at £30 million.
Palace are determined to put up a fight to keep the Ivory Coast international, with The Guardian reporting last night they plan to offer him a lucrative financial deal, more than Harry Kane earns at Spurs.