Wilfried Zaha believes that he and his Crystal Palace teammates are ready for anything the 2015/16 season has to throw at them after an impressive 3-1 win away at Norwich yesterday.
Having opened the scoring shortly before half-time, the England international played until midway through the second half before being replaced by Yannick Bolasie, but with a game against Arsenal on the horizon, the winger is extremely excited about what the team can achieve this season.
Speaking to Chris Grierson after the game, Wilf said:
We didn’t start the game in the best way really, but we managed to get a hold on the game and managed to score our goals when we had the chances, so we’re happy.
I think the team seems a bit more dangerous going forward, we’ve got the players now to pick out the passes, me and Bolasie are just buzzing about that.
Every run we make, we know we’re going to be found, so it’s happy days for us!”
Before, what we basically told ourselves was to defend throughout. “But now we’ve actually got players that can settle it down and find the pass, so I think we’re ready for teams like that this season.”
The reference Zaha makes to the vast selection of ball players in the side says a great deal about the direction the club has begun to move in over the summer. Whilst before, our tactical approach focussed heavily on defensive solidarity, yesterday’s game highlighted a shift in mentality, in which Zaha, Puncheon, Cabaye and latterly Bolasie caused the opposition all sorts of problems.
Of course, we will need to look after the ball more carefully than we did yesterday when Arsenal visit Selhurst on Sunday, but having received a huge confidence boost by picking up all three points against the Canaries, the squad are sure to go into the tie with their eyes on a victory in front of their own supporters.
For Wilf, after a year and a half in the wilderness at Old Trafford, he’s firing on all cylinders once again and we’re happy to have him.