Wilfried Zaha has admitted that Yannick Bolasie’s absence has had a massive impact on Palace’s performances, with defenders focusing all of their attention on him in the weeks since he left the first-team fold.
Tasked with being the main source of our counter-attacks, Zaha has been kicked each and every week in Alan Pardew’s side, with Tuesday night’s defeat at home to Bournemouth arguably the worst instance of it so far this season.
Whilst many from outside of the Selhurst bubble will suggest that Wilf needs to calm his fits of anger when things aren’t going his way, it’s widely accepted that he isn’t being given the correct amount of protection from referees across the Premier League.
The Cherries’ defenders appeared to be taking turns to man mark the wide man in midweek, thus minimising the risk of receiving a red card from Mike Jones, but over the course of the last six weeks, Wilfried’s temperament has been tested above and beyond the limits that he should be expected to cope with.
His comments here show a growing sense of maturity compared to the young man we first encountered in 2010. He remains confident that we will turn our form around in the coming weeks, whilst also making some interesting observations on the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor.
Zaha is quite rightly viewed as one of Palace’s most popular players, but in Yannick Bolasie, he has the perfect partner to achieve his aims. Both he and us cannot wait to see Yala back in red and blue.