On a night of almost total doom and gloom for Palace fans, Wilfried Zaha produced a moment of sheer magic to draw the scores level against Swansea in front of the Holmesdale Road stand.
With the winger now set to leave the club for a month whilst participating in the African Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast, it’s difficult not to wonder how we’ll fare without moments of individual brilliance such as this on a weekly basis. Despite all of the unfair criticism he gets from bitter old men in TV studios, goals such as this show the true value of the player.
Now with four goals and six assists to his name during the 2016/17 campaign, Wilfried is proving himself to be the player so many “experts” said he would never become. Tireless, talented and growing in confidence from week to week, his goals are becoming more and more spectacular each time, leaving us in doubt over the bids that will almost certainly arrive for him from “bigger” clubs before January is done and dusted.
It’s a real shame that a goal of such quality wasn’t enough to secure Palace at least a point last night but Zaha can’t be relied upon to do it all himself, with the winger no doubt fuming to walk back into the dressing rooms having suffered another last-gasp defeat as a consequence of slack defending. Put quite simply, he deserves better from his teammates and has done for some time.
Sullay Kaikai has been recalled from his loan spell at Brentford, leading to a possible chance in the Palace first-team during Wilf’s enforced absence. We can only hope that the academy man treads a similar path to Zaha when donning the red and blue shirt from now on. We certainly need something a little special to tide us over.