Has Wilfried Zaha brought Palace back from the dead?
Many among the English top-flight believed Crystal Palace had little fight left in them after suffering a tumultuous start to the 2017/18 campaign. They looked to be a side totally deprived of any form of aggression, determination or hope.
After losing Frank de Boer just four games into the current Premier League campaign, and subsequently picking up the less than inspiring choice of Roy Hodgson in his place, Crystal Palace were largely spoken of as this season’s standout favourites for the drop.
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) November 18, 2017
Yet suddenly there are signs of light and genuine improvement down at Selhurst Park. With a certain Wilfried Zaha back firing among their ranks, Hodgson’s side can arguably look forward with the hope of maintaining their hard-earned top-flight status.
The Ivory Coast international has been routinely scoring goals and making things happen since his long-awaited return to first-team action. When Crystal Palace are forced to operate without their obvious star man, it remains to be seen just where else the good times are supposed to come from.
Zaha for £35m would be incredible if we get rid of Theo for £25m. We need more players who will take on defenders. Zaha is persistent, better than Theo technically & hard working. Very good player overall. Thoughts?
— PSG Fan (@GrandeArsenal) November 12, 2017
Although Zaha failed to establish himself at Old Trafford several seasons ago, there is no doubting this man’s ability among the bottom half of the table. He is quick, relatively strong for someone of his light build, and keen to cause an upset or two in and around the opposition’s penalty box.
The winger may not represent the greatest attacking frontman the Premier League has ever played host to, but Wilfied Zaha certainly deserves credit for his recent efforts – especially if he can help steer his side away from that ever impending threat of relegation come the end of the season.
FULL-TIME Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 18, 2017
Crystal Palace are far from safe among this year’s upcoming relegation dog-fight, yet they certainly stand an improved fighting chance with the 25-year-old Ivorian on board. He offers a sense of belief and passion that the Eagles have been unable to find elsewhere, whilst the winger’s overall goal tally for the 2017/18 campaign could prove rather telling one way or another.
With Christian Benteke also announcing his return to the first-team fold of late, Palace fans are starting to witness that essential light at the end of the tunnel. The Belgian frontman has struggled since making the move to Selhurst Park, but if there were ever a time in which the former Aston Villa man would reassert his worth among the English top-flight, surely it would have to be now.
Benteke is simply going to have to buck his ideas up quite considerably if Palace are to wholeheartedly survive this season. As Wilfried Zaha is nonetheless in place to help provide assists for his attacking teammates all across the park, maybe things are now on the up for Roy Hodgson’s side.
— Matt (@Spurs2380) November 19, 2017
The 2017/18 Premier League campaign has been one to forget for the Eagles faithful thus far. Although Zaha has significantly lifted the collective spirits in and around Selhurst Park, his strong form will have to continue across the entire season if Crystal Palace are to successfully maintain their top-flight status.
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