Wilfried Zaha is a player of such key importance at Selhurst Park. Since making his first-team debut in 2010, the Ivorian has made well over 250 appearances for the Eagles.
An incredible achievement for the former Manchester United man, considering he is still just 25-years-old, and had a spell away from the club at Old Trafford, in which he barely featured. Indeed, Zaha has little to prove at Crystal Palace, his powerful talent from the wing almost single-handedly saved the club from a relegation to the Championship last season.
There were serious rumours surrounding the future of the Eagles’ talisman over summer. There was strong paper-talk that the mercurial talent wanted to move to North London to play for Tottenham Hotspur, though he ultimately remained in South London.
So, what next for Wilfried Zaha?
In the modern game of course, signing a lucrative long-term contract is by no means a player won’t be sold. It is often used by a club as a mechanism to sell the player for more money in the following transfer window. Perhaps a top club, such as Spurs, Chelsea or Dortmund, will still be interested in Wilfried Zaha come January.
However, Zaha has already had a failed spell away from Selhurst Park, at Manchester United in their Moyes-era. The forward saw a lack of action, and suffered the indignity of a loan-switch to Cardiff City, before returning home to Croydon, where he found his form again. On past evidence, Wilfried Zaha produces his best football with Crystal Palace, so perhaps isn’t too keen to move away, preferring to perhaps become his club’s best ever player.
If he did honour his contract until 2023, he would undoubtedly be the greatest player the Eagles have ever produced. He would be rivalling Jim Cannon as the most-capped ever Eagles player, he is currently Crystal Palace’s joint-highest ever Premier League goal scorer with Chris Armstrong, with 23 strikes. More records would tumble if he stayed at Selhurst until 2023, or even the end of his career. Establishing yourself as a club legend, and leaving a legacy, might motivate Wilfried Zaha to stay with the SE25 outfit.