The whole summer just gone has seen Palace star Wilfried Zaha linked with a move away from the club but on Saturday, following on from the Eagles’ 2-0 opening day win away at Fulham in which he starred, the 25-year-old told the press that he is “all Palace” when asked about the potential for him to sign a new contract in SE25.
Having started the game at Craven Cottage, Wilfried was a constant thorn in the Whites’ side, linking up well with the likes of Patrick van Aanholt, Jeffrey Schlupp and Christian Benteke in the first 60 minutes before finally grabbing the goal that sealed all three points for Roy Hodgson with 11 minutes left on the clock.
The discussion over the academy graduate’s “end product” has been an extra motivating factor in his elevation as a player, with the man himself even quoted as saying “everyone tells me about “no end product, no end product” well tell me now!” when talking to Sky Sports post-match. Happily playing in a more central role off the sizeable frame of Benteke, Zaha almost bagged a goal earlier on in the contest when reading a wonderful knock-down from the Belgian inside the Cottagers’ penalty area. If it’s a sign of things to come this term, we could be in for one hell of a ride.
After a summer in which the press have done their best to unsettle the Palace poster-boy by making up lies on his behalf, it’s been great to get some actual insight from Roy Hodgson and Zaha himself over the last few days as to where things are between him and the football club. Quite clearly, discussions over a potential contract extension are far from dead, with Zaha himself hopeful of reaching a positive conclusion in the not too distant future. It’s a far cry from the bleak picture James Nursey and co. have painted since May but I think we’ve all come to terms with the fact that you cannot trust a word printed in tabloids in 2018.