Wilfried Zaha’s opened the scoring after just two minutes against Hull City yesterday, setting the team on their way to a victory that would seal their Premier League status for another year and if his post-match comments are anything to go by, he’s not intending to leave the club this summer.
Despite having a long time left to run on his current deal and no release clause in place, plenty of talking heads across the British sporting sphere have linked the Palace academy man with a summer move to Tottenham or Arsenal but with Steve Parish and Sam Allardyce seemingly all set to offer the winger a bumper new deal that will see his weekly wage soar to six-figures, it really doesn’t feel as though he’s heading towards the exit door.
Alongside the extremely positive direct quotes from Zaha in the aftermath of yesterday’s win, it’s worth noting that calmness with which he approached the post-match festivities. Not only was he happy to accept the Player Of The Year award, he also posed for plenty of photos and visited the Holmesdale pub with Jason Puncheon and Fraizer Campbell later on in the day. When you compare and contrast that to the tearful farewell he gave to Selhurst when he left for Manchester United in 2013, it’s fair to assume that he didn’t see yesterday’s game as a final goodbye.
Wilf’s willingness to wear his heart on his sleeve is just one of the many reasons he’s adored at Selhurst Park. Having seen him shed a tear when standing in front of the display the Holmesdale Fanatics did for him a few weeks ago, I think his words and actions yesterday offer a pretty solid basis for predicting that he’ll still be in red and blue when the 2017/18 season gets underway.