Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson was full of praise for winger Wilfried Zaha following the Eagles’ 0-0 draw with Everton yesterday.
The tricky winger has been consistently linked with a move away from the club this summer, but ultimately stayed put after Palace held their ground.
And manager Hodgson was more than impressed with Zaha during his cameo sub appearance yesterday.
“He handled it very well – the crowd helped him,” said Hodgson in a report published on their official website.
”The crowd gave him a great reception, it was nice to have him available to give another dimension to our play. He did well, he set us up for an incredible goal chance that could have won it for us at the end.”
Despite returning to pre-season later than his teammates after the African Cup of Nations, Zaha still played a key part as Palace hung on for the draw, with the Ivory Coast international averaging the joint-most dribbles in the game despite his delayed introduction, per WhoScored.
In terms of tracking back, he made 1 tackle in 25 minutes of action which was more than the likes of Martin Kelly and Scott Dann managed over the whole game, while the same amount as attacking teammate Jordan Ayew produced in 65 minutes. So, when looking at his stats, is clear to see he did manage to have an effect on the game despite the drama towards the end of the window during which he handed in a transfer request.
The Sun did report only a few days ago that the Eagles had promised their star that they would revisit a possible transfer for him in the January window and, if he keeps working hard as yesterday’s stats clearly show he did, then perhaps every party involved in this transfer saga could end up being fairly happy.
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