Wilfried Zaha is currently enjoying the best season of his seven year professional career; a fact backed up by his incredible snapshot finish to level the scores against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
Between Gareth Southgate, Danny Mills and the remarkably obnoxious Neil Custis, Wilfried has come in for a ton of unfair criticism this season. Whether it’s spurious comments about his “lack of passion”, claims that “he’s taken the easy way out” or baffling remarks about a need for consistency, it doesn’t look as though there’s anything the 24-year-old can do to win over some people; not that any Palace fans care.
Now with six goals and seven assists to his name in the Premier League this season, Zaha is forcing the most sceptical corners of the media to sit up and take notice of him whether they like it or not. His goal yesterday literally came out of nothing, one second he was surrounded by blue shirts, the next, the ball was flying into the bottom corner of Courtois’ net, stunning the home supporters who had wrongly assumed they were on their way to another routine home victory.
Predictably, talk of interest in a summer move for Zaha will continue in the press but for now, he and his manager are keen to focus on the task at hand. Plenty of people outside the Palace bubble may be desperate to pour cold water on the winger’s achievements but in truth, he deserves immense credit for the manner in which he has approached every game this season.
What a player we’ve got on our books.