VIDEO: Ian Wright Wants Zaha To Stay At CPFC For Life

2 Posted by - December 21, 2017 - News, Video

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.

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  • Pete Burch December 21, 2017 - 11:35 am Reply

    Ha ha! Wrighty’s been reading my comments on HLTCO’s 3-0 Leicester win article on Dec 17th.

    You’re welcome Ian. 😉

  • Peter Ward December 21, 2017 - 5:51 pm Reply

    It’s all very well Ian Wright saying that Wilfred Zaha should remain at Selhurst Park I agree with him, but it seems a bit rich coming from him as I don’t recall everlasting loyalty from him.

    He’s always referred to as Ian Wright having played for Arsenal and England !

  • Pete Burch December 22, 2017 - 11:44 pm Reply

    Peter, I bumped into Wrighty a few weeks back at the US Embassy (whilst submitting a visa application) and he quickly chose to explain to me, when I said I was a palace supporter, that he never wanted to leave Palace… the first thing he knew about it was when Steve Coppell called him into the office on a Monday morning and told him that a bid had been accepted from Arsenal. i.e. He simply got told he was leaving. His voice sounded completely truthful to me and, to be honest, anxious for me to know his version of events. I believe what he told me anyway and, whichever way you look at it, he’s still a Palace legend regardless of his time after leaving us.

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