Wilfried Zaha scored and performed superbly in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win over Arsenal at The Emirates yesterday, leading the club’s official Twitter account to suggest that the winger had broken the “Drake Curse”.
For those who are completely in the dark as to what the Drake Curse is, it refers to Canadian rapper Drake, who has been seen to take photos with a wide variety of high-profile sports stars in recent years, just before their form comes crashing down to earth with a sizeable bang.
So widespread is the fear of Drake within the game that AS Roma have publicly banned their players from taking any photos with him between now and the end of the season, not that it seems to have had a negative impact on Wilfried Zaha.
In the not too distant past we’ve seen the likes of Layvin Kurzawa, Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho fall foul of the curse, with publication of their photos provoking high profile losses soon after. Of course, it’s nothing more than an amusing side-story rather than a genuine curse but even so, the sight of Palace buying into the joke after such a big victory away from home raised a smile on my face.
There is no debate about Zaha being our most technically gifted player but now, he also appears to have graduated to the man with the highest profile amongst our current crop of first-team players. Stories have linked him with big-money moves to PSG and Borussia Dortmund in recent days but after wins like the one we enjoyed in north London on Sunday, you could suggest that he’s best off being the biggest fish in the Palace pond rather than a relative minnow elsewhere.
How the man himself feels about staying put remains up in the air but as someone who clearly has a deep and lasting bond with the club, victories like ours on Sunday are likely to pull at the heartstrings and sew a seed or two of doubt about his potential move away.