Alan Pardew had some harsh words for Wilfried Zaha after taking the winger off at half-time against Tottenham Hotspur.
Having seen the wide man look disinterested throughout the opening 45 minutes, you get the impression that the Palace boss was keen to teach him a lesson by removing him from the action so suddenly.
Whilst he may well have performed well in the second period, it seems as if the gaffer felt it more important for Zaha’s long-term development to give him a metaphorical kick up the backside.
The most frustrating element for both Pardew and the Palace fans is the undoubted potential that Zaha possesses, given the fact that on occasions such as this, he fails to show even a hint of the natural spark he has become so loved for in SE25.
Like proud but expectant parents, we all want him to perform perfectly whenever he steps onto the field, only to feel a twang of frustration rather than anger when he doesn’t.
I’m sure Wilf will bounce back from this with a superb display when next called upon, such has been the effort made by the manager to make his feelings known publicly.
No player wants to be name checked in a negative manner by their boss but in this instance, there is no doubt that Pardew is doing it with the best intentions at heart.
You would assume that he’ll be given the opportunity to prove a point when we welcome Charlton Athletic to Selhurst Park on Wednesday. As a local lad, you can be sure Wilf will be up for that one, regardless of his manager’s comments. Let’s hope we see the best of him.