Until they played Chelsea at the weekend, Crystal Palace had failed to secure a point or score a single goal in their previous seven Premier League matches this season.
The difference on Saturday was Wilfried Zaha, who scored the winner on his first appearance since the opening day of the season and ran a below-par Chelsea defence ragged right from the whistle.
Zaha and Crystal Palace look to be perfectly suited. He is an extremely talented player who seems to thrive on being a big fish in Palace’s medium-sized pond. The South London club are very well supported by discerning fans desperate for a new hero and a period of relative success. Wilfried Zaha looks like he will happily fill that role for the next few years.
Zaha is also a local boy, having grown up just down the road from Selhurst Park after moving to the UK at the age of four.
In truth, his move to Manchester United probably came too soon, and he was lost amongst the superstars who surrounded him there. Nevertheless, he has thrived since moving back to Selhurst Park and has been the Fan’s Player of the Year for each of the last two seasons.
Prior to last season, Zaha was clearly distracted by all the choices he faced regarding international football. Since rejecting England and opting to play for Ivory Coast, however, his form has soared. Maybe he’s been watching football drill videos online, such as those provided by https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Football/index.jsp. Whatever the reason, Wilfried Zaha looks like a completely different player from the one who struggled to hold down a first-team spot at United.
Despite their terrible start to the season, Crystal Palace now find themselves just five points behind Stoke City in 17th, and a team that looked doomed just a few days ago now look like they could end up reaching mid-table by May as long as they can keep their best players fit.
To see Wilfried Zaha’s full stats for the 2017/18 Premier League season, refer to https://www.premierleague.com/players/4539/player/overview.
With his international future secure, his best years ahead of him at just 24 years of age, and with Andros Townsend and Johan Cabaye by his side, the future looks bright for Wilfred Zaha and his club.