VIDEO: Arsenal Legend Tells Zaha To Forget Spurs & Stay At Palace

0 Posted by - March 20, 2018 - News, Video

Ian Wright scored over 100 goals for Crystal Palace before moving to Arsenal and now, he’s imploring academy graduate Wilfried Zaha to resist the advances of Tottenham and stay put at Selhurst Park for the good of his career.

Whilst the former striker has something of a turbulent relationship with the Eagles faithful, given the manner in which he left the club to join Arsenal in the early 1990s, I can’t help but feel as though his comments regarding Zaha’s long-term future are spot on.

Having been brought into the Palace first-team as a teenager, Wilf has always been given a degree of freedom to express himself which he wouldn’t be afforded elsewhere. Yes, he’s now a far better player than the one who left for the bright lights of Manchester United back in 2013 but even so, I (along with Ian Wright) have often wondered if he’d ever shine quite so brightly if he was forced to conform to another club’s ethos.

Following on from that dreadful spell in the North West, which incorporated an unsuccessful stint on loan at Cardiff, Zaha only began to truly flourish a month or two after his return to SE25, surrounded by familiar people and part of a tactical set-up which was geared towards bringing the best out of his game from week to week.

Far be it for me to write off the 25-year-old’s chances of making a success of things elsewhere now that he has grown as both a player and a person but there can be no debate over the fact that Crystal Palace offers him the perfect stage upon which to play a starring role. He is, quite rightly, the biggest fish in our particular pond and seems to relish that tag. Whilst he is far from selfish in possession, he’s well aware that his teammates look for him in the final third and takes that responsibility in his stride. Would he feel the same buzz if he was just another squad player with a club like Spurs? I for one am not at all sure he’d enjoy it and as a player who thrives in knowing that supporters have got his back, that could present a real problem in the long-term.

You have every right to call me biased over this issue (because I am) but I really do feel as though Crystal Palace FC and Wilfried Zaha are a match made in heaven. It would be a real shame to break that partnership up for a second time.

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  • t.carter March 20, 2018 - 7:23 am Reply

    i belive your right.wilf needs special handling.a special player.he would have to conform to team style else where. it,s simplewilf thrives on that special love our fans give him.he,s one of us.he needs the freedom to express himself.don,t write palace off.he is what he is cos of the special circumstances palace afford him.come end of the season.if we stay up,get rid of the deadwood,get some quality inthis will do enough for wilf,to be this shinning light.elsewhere his light would be dim.quite frankly he,s good for palace,and palace is good for him.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh March 20, 2018 - 9:45 am Reply

    Listening to this last night i was shocked that Sutton had nice things to say about Wilf and didn’t bring up diving once.

  • ee signing March 20, 2018 - 3:10 pm Reply

    Match made in heaven May be thats the reason some people would like to break it up. I was worried that in this cynical world some of our rivals may think, kick lumps out of Wilf and may be nobble Palaces chances of survival. We have traditionally been a side of pace and breakaway down both sides. If I were Roy I wouldnt worry about stmina work for Wilf and god sake leave out tackling in training. Just keep him ticking overWatching the highlights I was struck how much Cabaye was getting forward too. I think the bite he gave in midfied almost made his coming on a blessing in disguise. We got powe in the engine room and our balance back. Encouaging

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