After the disappointing FA Cup exit, Crystal Palace have been left with many questions to answer. The poor way in which they succumbed to Watford pleased no fans, who are surely starting to doubt Roy Hodgson’s ability to take them forward.
The former England manager must be under the hammer amongst sections of the Eagles’ support after some poor fan reactions to the loss and needs to come up with another masterclass soon. As a crunch London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur is around the corner, Hodgson needs to keep his most dangerous assets fit for the encounter.
Before the Spurs derby lies a game against a tricky Huddersfield Town side, who have regained confidence under Jan Siewert, despite their run of results. Indeed, while the game cannot be taken lightly, forcing an unfit Wilfried Zaha to play could be catastrophic, despite the fact the club need him now more than ever. The influential winger has working overtime to regain fitness, but risking him against the Terriers could re-aggravate his injury to cause even bigger headaches for Palace.
Right now, it’s more important for him to upset Tottenham in their new home ground rather than pulling off the magnificent against relegation strugglers. Indeed, imagine how differently the campaign would look if Palace were able to spoil Spurs’ party, recording a historic win and really upsetting the odds.
Indeed, a fully-fit Zaha needs to be unleashed at White Hart Lane for Hodgson to record a famous victory and regain his reputation as a big-game expert. The Ivory Coast international, who is valued at £31.5 million (by Transfermarkt), has been on absolute fire this season having produced eight goals and five assists.
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