Pardew: “Sako’s Arrival Should Have Zaha Feeling Worried”

0 Posted by - August 24, 2015 - News

Following our dramatic late victory over Aston Villa, Alan Pardew has challenged Wilfried Zaha to step his game up a level. 

Clearly desperate to see the academy product reach his full potential in SE25, the Palace boss has been quick to forget Zaha’s opening day strike against Norwich, preferring instead to reference the emergence of Bakary Sako as a possible concern for Zaha’s hopes of starting every week. 

Speaking to the press about his hopes for Wilfried in the games to come, Pardew said:

“We’ve stepped up a level, this team, and he has to step up with us.

I’ve seen good reactions from him, but he is under pressure. Sako is going to put him under pressure, so will Yannick Bolasie when he returns from ­compassionate leave.

And we haven’t seen Lee Chung-Yong yet. It’s a real nice problem there.”

For the first time in years, we have genuine quality running throughout the squad in every attacking position, making the job of selecting our starting XI each week harder than ever before. 

Whilst Yannick Bolasie will remain at home in Congo with his family for as long as he needs following the passing of his father, Pardew is right to reference the battle Wilf will have on his hands once Yannick returns, for motivational purposes above all else. 

Far from the sceptical approach Manchester United took towards Zaha’s potential development, we at Selhurst Park are simply keen to see the wide man achieve all that he can as he approaches the stereotypically labelled as the “best” years of a winger’s career. In order to do that, he will need to perform well consistently, rather than in patches, which is exactly what Pardew is asking for from him ahead of a trip to Chelsea next weekend.

Having attempted to light a fire under Zaha’s backside, the boss will undoubtedly be looking for a reaction from him at Stamford Bridge. Let’s hope his words have the desired effect. 

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2 Comments

  • Spiceboy August 24, 2015 - 6:14 am Reply

    If I was zaha I wouldn’t be to worried about lee Chung-Yung he wouldn’t even make my 5 aside team. Sako maybe he might be a bit worried. Come on wilf up yer game as I die a little inside when Mutch comes on as sub for you as I have no idea what that guy offers to the first team either.

  • dulwichfan August 24, 2015 - 8:14 am Reply

    Well at least you’re honest when you say you have no idea… Pardew does and if he thinks the players can do a job then who are we to disagree? From where I sit, Lee has had virtually no pitch time so why judge already and Mitch performance Saturday together with Gayle was part of a clear transformation. And it was Zaha who made way… Ahead of Chelsea, I hope this helps fire Zaha to the level he should be reaching.

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