The last week or two have seen Wilfried Zaha spoken about in the press for all manner of reasons but as the video attached below proves, the winger is best served by doing all of his talking on the pitch.
Whilst I could allow this article to veer off into a character assassination of either Gareth Southgate or Danny Mills I’m going to resist the temptation and instead focus the remaining words on the supremely talented winger who continues to ply his trade in red and blue.
This above video doesn’t even bother to hark back to Zaha’s highlights in a Palace shirt prior to last August, such has been the explosisve nature of his form throughout the current campaign. Predictably, narrow minded neutrals continue to harp on about his “lack of end product” but this term, the 24-year-old has five goals and six assists to his name in the Premier League alone; a tally that puts him up there with plenty of other stars currently on the books of the top flight’s glamour clubs.
Alongside his impressive statistics, it’s worth noting that Wilf has scored some real pearlers this season, with his goals at home to Swansea and away to Hull City serving as worthy highlights in any bonafide superstar’s showreel.
When you add to that his sparkling recent display for the Ivory Coast against Russia, where he bagged one of the most impressive goals I’ve ever seen him score, it’s fair to say that the Eagles academy graduate is in the form of his life as things stand.
I’m not sure I’ve ever known a Palace player to be so universally admired by our fan-base whilst maintaining an undeniable vulnerability to their personality. We are obviously all aware of his incredible talents but simultaneously, the vast majority of our supporters feel a desperate need to stick up for him in the face of regular criticism. That mixture of adoration and protectiveness makes for a rather special bond, it must be said.
Hopefully this season isn’t the last we’ll see of Wilfried in a Palace shirt but regardless of any speculation over his future, the above video is well worth a couple of minutes of your time. The lad is a genius, every Palace boss who has had the opportunity to coach him agrees and I for one, feel privileged to have watched him pull on our shirt 248 times.