This Piece Beautifully Lambasts The FA For Dropping A Clanger Over Zaha

1 Posted by - November 29, 2016 - Daily Thoughts, News

Wilfried Zaha has now officially made the decision to switch his international allegiance from England to the Ivory Coast, a choice which has prompted a beautifully written feature from The Telegraph’s Jonathan Liew. 

This glorious piece does a perfect job of explaining exactly why England have dropped a clanger by letting Zaha go. 

It often feels as though Palace fans everywhere are fighting are losing battle whenever we sing Zaha’s praises in a public setting, given the ill-informed garbage that was spewed out by the media throughout the winger’s time in the North West of England. Clearly, the assumptions made about a player’s character whilst at a “big club” stick like glue forever more, a fact that has blinded thousands of fans to the outrageous talent that Zaha has always possessed. 

Having seen the likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Victor Moses come through our academy ranks in recent years, it’s fair to say that the Eagles faithful are more than capable of spotting a star when they see one and in the case of Zaha, we have potentially got the best of the lot still on our books. 

Whilst his lack of “end product” had provided the wider media with a handy stick with which to beat him over the head recent seasons, the current campaign has seen him cruise into the upper echelons of the Premier League charts for assists, alongside his now regular spot at the summit of the league’s best dribblers. 

His supposed immaturity whilst away on England U21 duty some years ago is often cited as one of the biggest black marks against his name when it came to deliberations over a call-up to the full squad but in their lack of haste, the FA have now lost him forever; a blunder that Liew does a glorious job of lambasting in the piece featured at the top of this page. 

To delve too deeply into the exact perspective that is offered in the feature would be to take away from its overarching point. Suffice to say, in a media landscape that has all too often reached for the well-worn cliches in relation to Zaha’s career, the aforementioned article does a wonderful job of highlighting the opposite side of the argument. 


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  • Richard C November 30, 2016 - 8:25 am Reply

    Forget the fact that England have lost out, what about Palace. We will lose our best player for up to 6 weeks when we will probably be battling for premier league survival. This season just goes from bad to worse.

  • Roy Newman November 30, 2016 - 8:55 am Reply

    On top of that, if the reports are anything to go by, AP has his eyes on 2 midfielders in the transfer window, yet it’s the defence that’s letting the side down. On top of that we only have 2 out of 5 strikers match fit and a goalie who may be on the move after just a few months.

    • admin November 30, 2016 - 8:56 am Reply

      You’ll upset everyone, Roy! Stop… Haha!

    • Richard C November 30, 2016 - 9:35 am Reply

      Roy, it’s time to bring a couple of our “on loans” back I think, but the problem is, AP would rather play second string has beens than risk youngsters and his reputation. Oh, forget that, he no longer has a managerial reputation to protect !

  • Roy Newman November 30, 2016 - 10:48 am Reply

    Another factor is money. When higher-paid players are under-performing, it’s little wonder some of the more established lower paid players, who are putting in the extra effort, are feeling lack of motivation. Maybe the wage structure should be scrapped and players paid a basic wage and given top-ups for achievements. There’s more to this than meets the eye.

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh November 30, 2016 - 11:51 am Reply

    Zaha deserves to be an international player, if England won’t pick him for whatever lame excuse they give then why should he wait forever and a day? To be honest watching england is excruciatingly dull and a player Zaha could provide the breakthrough in tight games, alas we will never know.

    I know full well i will be supporting Ivory Coast the next time they play England.

    Be interested to hear your views on Stuart O’Keefe, Barry Bannan and Lewis Price giving evidence in favour of Pulis.

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