Where would Crystal Palace even be without Wilfried Zaha?
Obviously, no Eagle reading this will need telling but the majestic winger has been their shining beacon for many years now, keeping them etched into the Premier League even when dark times were at bay for the Croydon side.
A man rejuvenated even further under Roy Hodgson’s guidance, Zaha’s come a long way since being rejected by Manchester United and looking as if the experience up at Old Trafford scarred him. Following his heroics with the Eagles, United signed him as their own “next big thing”, but one problem led to another, eventually triggering his release from the club. That. oddly, looks to be the best thing that ever happened.
However, even at his worst phase, the Eagles stuck right by their man and moulded him into the superstar he is today. Zaha’s having another prolific season for his boyhood charges, having scored eight goals and assisted twice to keep them safe from relegation.
Game by game, the Ivory Coast international has lit up Selhurst Park with his trickery and amazing dribbling ability.
He’s turned Palace into a team everyone takes cautiously due to their attacking prowess. Linking up well with Andros Townsend and company, Zaha’s helped create some stunning moments for the Eagles, even flooring top oppositions with his skilful feet. The confidence he displays while roaming forward, going past one man after another, makes him a player defenders fear taking on.
The nature of modern football lends itself a recency bias but, without going over the top, Zaha is the best signing Crystal Palace have ever made. He’s just that good.
Even Palace probably didn’t realize he’d burst into the dazzling winger he is today when they initially resigned him from Manchester United. Once a discarded talent, Zaha’s now transformed into a heavily desired winger well on his way to scripting himself into the Crystal Palace record books.
Palace fans, do you think Zaha’s on his way to becoming one of the club’s best ever player? Join the discussion by commenting below…