The sacking of Frank de Boer caused outrage across south London yesterday but wedged in between screams of discontent, we were all given a massive boost at the sight of Wilfried Zaha running freely on the Beckenham training pitch once again.
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) September 11, 2017
The fact that De Boer had to navigate three of his four games in charge of Crystal Palace without the services of Zaha does add to the feeling that he was hard done by in losing his job so quickly. When all is said and done, Wilf is and has been for some time, our main source of attacking creativity, drawing men with him whenever he receives the ball which in turn, opens up space for other in the final third.
Indeed, having statistically battered Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday without being able to grab that all-important goal, I was left feeling as though Zaha could and probably would have been the difference maker, had he been fit enough to take part.
Should he be fit enough to return to the side in time to face Southampton at Selhurst Park this Saturday, it would provide a tremendous boost to whoever is in charge (likely Roy Hodgson) as they battle to help us put our first points on the board since the season began a few weeks ago.
Whilst Andros Townsend put in an admirably energetic shift up in Lancashire last weekend, his more direct style, coupled with the lack of threat on the other wing, left us lacking just a tad when push came to shove. Benteke and Zaha are known to have a great relationship off the field but on it too, the Belgian knows he can rely on Wilf to put the ball into the sorts of areas necessary for him to open his goal-scoring account without any more delay.
The Ivory Coast star has always been seen as an incredibly fit lad by nature; I’m just keeping everything crossed that we see him back in red and blue by the time the first whistle sounds against the Saints.
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