Wilfried Zaha has already achieved cult status at Crystal Palace FC but his interview in the aftermath of yesterday’s 2-0 win against Bournemouth is likely to make you love him more than ever.
Having seen Wilfried make his way up the ranks in SE25 since his mid-teens, there are plenty who will remember his early forrays onto social media, when a wide-eyed perspective on the world provided an endearing image of any normal South London lad but in the last year or so, the winger has displayed an increased level of maturity and thought when conducting interviews in the public, none more so than above with Terry Byfield.
After jetting off to The African Cup of Nations in January, Wilf was actively seen searching for a way of watching our FA Cup clash with Bolton via a stream on his Instagram account, proving to anyone who had previously been sceptical, that the club do indeed hold a special place in his heart.
Last night’s performance was something of a throwback for the Eagles, defending as a team and breaking with pace in attack whenever the opportunity presented itself. It’s a style Wilf is now well schooled in, some seven years after making his first professional appearance, baggy shorts and all. What he has now added is an appreciation of the unique strength it gives us when executed correctly, happily chasing back and helping out his teammates at every turn.
I said on Twitter last night that I can’t think of a single Palace player I’ve cared more about than Wilf over the years and this afternoon, I stand fully behind that statement. For me, he embodies everything that is good about our club and is now turning into the player we all knew he could if things fell his way.
I personally guarantee that the above video interview will make you smile at least once or twice. Zaha’s enthusiasm and affection for us is infectious and it should be cherished. It doesn’t come along all that often.