The Lowdown: Zaha suffers injury
Zaha pulled up 65 minutes into Palace’s weekend clash and limped off the pitch before being replaced.
The match against Newcastle United was the Ivory Coast international’s 19th appearance in the Premier League this season, having scored on six occasions and provided two assists heading into the game.
The Eagles avoided defeat, but had to settle for a draw as they sweat over Zaha’s fitness.
The Latest: Possible tendon issue
Dinnery spoke about the possible diagnosis of Zaha’s injury when speaking on the Premier FPL Injuries YouTube channel.
He stated: “We’ve seen a non-contact injury for Wilfred Zaha. Pulled up, right hamstring, didn’t look great at the time, tried to continue, fairly high up, so that could maybe indicate that it’s [a] tendon [issue]. Never good when you see him going off.”
The Verdict: Olise to step up
Michael Olise was one of the players who came on as Zaha left the field on Saturday, and we believe there is an opportunity for him to step up and make a big statement at Palace.
Vieira has raved about the 21-year-old in the past, describing Olise’s work ethic as ‘unbelievable’ in a press conference last year.
Statistically speaking, Olise has arguably been more of a creative force for Palace than his teammate over the last 365 days, as he averages 3.94 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes as well as 0.29 assists per game.
Zaha comes up short in both departments compared to the Frenchman, with tallies of 3.62 and 0.06 per 90 respectively.
Therefore, we believe that the loss of Zaha may not be as worrying as some Palace fans may think, as Olise is evidently a player who can create, and in a side with only 18 league goals this season – the fifth-lowest in the league – he might just be capable of filling the void if the Ivorian is out for the long term.