The last few weeks have seen interest in Wilfried Zaha skyrocket across the game but when speaking on Sky Sports show “The Debate” recently, Ian Wright made a passionate case for the academy graduate staying put and building a legacy similar to the one Matt Le Tissier did at Southampton.
Given Wilfried’s scintillating form over the last year or so, it has come as no surprise to any Palace fan to see him being linked with all of the “Big Four” in turn but in Ian Wright’s mind, the Eagles have the tools necessary to ensure that the winger thinks twice before looking for a move away over the summer, thanks to something of a perfect storm.
Routinely booed and criticised by opposition players and fans merely as a consequence of his supreme abilities, Wilf knows full well that Palace are the club who have always had his back. Quite rightly, Wright makes reference to the kickings Zaha is subjected to from week to week; highlighting the unconditional support he receives from those in red and blue each and every time it occurs.
Whilst remaining adamant that Wilf is more than good enough to play for the likes of Arsenal or Tottenham on a technical level, he astutely observes that the tactical systems used at clubs of that stature are unlikely to suit Zaha’s style of play, making Palace the perfect environment for him to continue to shine; happily occupying the role of the team’s talisman.
It’s no secret that chairman Steve Parish enjoys an extremely warm relationship with Wilf and maybe, just maybe, thanks to comments like the ones attached above from Wright, we may see him turn down interest from elsewhere and put down ever-lasting roots in SE25. On a personal level, there is nothing that could possibly make me happier as a Palace fan.