For the most part, Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw with West Ham was a frustrating experience for supporters of both sides but with time running down in the second half, the sight of Wilfried Zaha drawing the Eagles level sparked wild celebrations across the ground, nowhere more so than the section of the Holmesdale that the man himself ran to after finding the back of the net.
Having fallen behind to a penalty kick from Mark Noble midway through the opening 45 minutes, Palace’s main objective was to ensure that they didn’t fall to an undeserved defeat and after a series of miscues, Zaha managing to find the back of the net via a deflection gave us all a sense of euphoric relief above anything else.
I'll just leave this here ❤️💙🖤 pic.twitter.com/AcGO9P3QUm
— Abbey Danielle ❤💙 (@93AbbeyDanielle) February 9, 2019
He may be the pantomime villain for every set of opposition fans but to us, Zaha embodies the very spirit of Crystal Palace FC; a fact highlighted by the nature of his celebration on Saturday. It’s easy to assume that the modern day footballer is just in it for fame and fortune but in truth, you can tell that Zaha cares deeply about the club and always has done. He’s now scored in back to back games for us, (he sat out Fulham at home through suspension) and will no doubt be hoping to continue that run as and when he next pulls on a red and blue shirt.
There has been plenty of talk linking him with a summer move to Borussia Dortmund and whilst I personally can see why it’s a switch which would make sense for the 26-year-old, part of me does wonder if he actually is keen to leave SE25 in favour of giving it a go elsewhere. There’s no doubt in my mind that he is good enough to play Champions League football but I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a player more suited to a football club than Wilfried Zaha is to Palace.
Our fans, coaching staff, players and directors all understand him and love him, regardless of missed chances, red cards or anything else that might come his way and that is unlikely to ever change. Yes, a move elsewhere may give him a greater chance of silverware but that feeling of adulation and belonging simply won’t be recreated elsewhere and when all is said and done, that’s the trade-off Zaha himself will have to make when weighing up whether to stick or twist this summer.
What do you think he’ll do?