Wilfried Zaha has been discussing his future ahead of tonight’s game away at Wolves, following reports that an offer may be put on the table for him to move to China in the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old only put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at Selhurst Park in the summer of 2018 but now finds himself at the centre of another round of speculation, driven by some truly astronomical figures. Thankfully for the Palace faithful, our academy graduate doesn’t sound too interested on leaving SE25 just yet, dismissing the links whilst discussing how he and his teammates can improve and begin to climb the table in 2019.
Having recently been played in the unnatural position of a lone striker thanks to the absence of a viable alternative, Wilf has seen his production in terms of goals and assists drop somewhat but when giving the above quotes, he sounded determined to make his new role work, thanking Hodgson for the help he has given him so far as he bids to adapt to its differing challenges.
I and I dare say thousands more supporters would like to see Zaha switched back out onto his natural position on one of the Palace flanks but for now, it looks as though the gaffer is set to persevere with him at the head of the side; a decision which drastically changes what he can offer the XI over the course of 90 minutes. I’m a big believer in Wilfried having space to run into rather than being forced to play with his back to goal, a shift which limits both his output and the fear generated in the minds of opposing defenders.
Luckily, he isn’t kicking up a fuss about it in public but with Connor Wickham now back and waiting in the wings, I for one would like to see him thrown in from the start with Zaha feeding balls in towards him from the left.
We live in hope.