Saturday afternoon saw Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha put Brighton to the sword and bag a brace in a 3-2 victory at Selhurst Park, prompting yet more bitter opposition fans to ponder the question of “why the 25-year-old only ever turns up against them?”
Thread of tweets from fans who think Zaha is only good when he plays against them:
— Tom (@cpfc_tom_) October 16, 2017
Of course, those of us who are given the privilege of watching the Ivory Coast international play from week to week know full well that he tends to “turn up” each and every time he steps across the white lines but for whatever reason, thousands upon thousands of neutrals have already made up their minds about the talent in the winger’s feet.
As someone who spends a large chunk of every day writing articles about the ups and downs of Crystal Palace FC, I encounter all manner of idiotic opinions directed towards Zaha from across social media, making the thread attached at the top of the page one of my favourite things on Twitter.
Since returning to the club and rebuilding his career following an ill-fated stint at Manchester United, Wilf has regularly been linked with another move away, (most frequently to Spurs) but in truth, the comments above highlight just how hard a job he has on his hands convincing the majority of casual observers that he’s the real deal.
At full-time yesterday, Zaha had added another two goals to his tally in red and blue, putting him out on his own as the man responsible the most Crystal Palace goals in Premier League history with 34. If that’s not a sign that the wide man has been absolutely pivotal to us in the years since we returned to the top flight then nothing ever will be.
Ideally, the club and Wilf won’t be looking to part ways this summer but if they do, I’d wager that the fee we’d be looking for will never be seen as value for money by the masses. In truth, that explains why SE25 is the perfect place for the academy graduate; most outside of our bubble think he’s nothing special but we know different.