Wilfried Zaha might be away at the African Cup of Nations at the moment but it hasn’t dampened his desire to keep in touch with Palace’s results.
The winger could be forgiven for putting club matters out of his mind for a few weeks whilst away with the Ivory Coast at an international tournament but just like each and every Palace fan who didn’t make the trip to Selhurst Park last night, the urge to keep up with the action got the better of him.
At a time when supporters are questioning the passion many of our players have for the shirt, Zaha’s actions prove, without any grand declaration of love, just how important the club is to him; only adding to the adoration I and thousands of others feel for him as one of our own.
The fact that Wilf’s desire to keep up to date led him towards some handheld periscope footage from popular Palace message board “Holmesdale Online” only serves to add further colour to an already heartwarming story. Whilst stories surrounding the likes of Diego Costa and Dimitri Payet have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many football fans over the last week or so, instances such as this act as a balance against the gravy train attitude adopted by more and more of the game’s biggest names.
Having performed well in Ivory Coast’s first group match against Togo on Monday, Zaha will be hopeful of helping the team to a victory over DR Congo when they face them later in the week, followed no doubt by the winger doing his level best to find a stream of our home game against Everton the next day.
It goes without saying that need him back in the team as soon as possible, but it’s nice to know that we’re still on his mind from thousands of miles away. The winger really is one of us.