After hearing Steve Parish speak openly about his desire to get it done over the last few weeks, it seems as though Wilfried Zaha is highly likely to put pen to paper on a bumper new five-year deal in the not too distant future.
Although plenty of fans had been fretting over our chances of convincing Zaha to stay in SE25 for the long-term back at the start of 2017, the guidance of Sam Allardyce, coupled with Mamadou Sakho’s arrival and our upturn in form all appear to have had a profound impact on the headspace of the 24-year-old.
Of course, you can never be totally sure how a player is going to react when the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal are sniffing around at the start of the summer but the Palace academy man doesn’t appear to have any desire to drag negotiations on longer than is absolutely necessary, which will be a weight off everybody’s shoulders heading into what is sure to be an extremely busy transfer window.
As I mentioned in a piece earlier this week, Wilf’s general happy demeanour during Sunday’s end of season festivities at Selhurst Park pointed towards a man who was truly at peace, particularly when you consider the emotional farewell he gave to the fans when he left for Manchester United back in 2013. His willingness to accompany Jason Puncheon (who he clearly shares an extremely close bond with) to the Holmesdale pub after the game itself should also be taken as a sign of a man completely at ease in his surroundings.
Whilst his new weekly wage packet will obviously have played a huge role in his decision to stay put in South London for the foreseeable future, no one should underestimate the love Wilfried feels for our football club. This is his home and he knows that better than anyone else.