Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson ready for renewed transfer battle
Roy Hodgson is bracing himself for a second move conflict involving Wilfried Zaha whenever the window opens after the winger performance in Crystal Palace’s triumph at Burnley.
Palace refused offers from Everton and Arsenal to keep the although zaha given in a transfer request on the summer.
Chairman Steve Parish has said he would permit Zaha to leave in January to get the club at the right cost and the winger was in impressive shape.
After scoring a belated first goal of the season in last weekend’s defeat Zaha netted the opener of Palace just before half-time from the 2-0 success.
“He is a great player is not he? He’s capable of causing difficulties to any defence any place on earth,” Hodgson said.
“When he’s in great form like he’s, when he’s as concentrated as he was now – since his performance wasn’t only great moving forward, it was likewise good defensively.
“And, naturally, the goal he scored and one or 2 opportunities he helped setup, that’s what we need out of him. Good for Wilf, that’s two goals in two matches and, if he is able to keep up that, it will assist us enormously to climb the table.
“We’ve never wanted to lose him” Hodgson added. “However, when you’re Crystal Palace, also I believe Burnley would respect themselves in the exact same situation, when a player does exceedingly well and there’s plenty of clubs and willing to invest big money, it is not always so easy to keep hold of them.
“We can not state to Wilf,’You have got to stick with us since we’ll be Champions League second year’.
“I am happy that it [a summertime transfer] did not materialise, I think he has done exceptionally well to get over that and take it and make sure he’s once again doing his level best with this club.
“Who knows, there might come a time in the future where we’re confronted with that situation again. However, before that day arrives, I’ll continue working together with himbeing happy to be working with him and glad that we’ve got a player of their ability to help us win football games.”
So this success proved to be timely, palace had picked up just one point from a hard streak of five games.
“It was a remarkable victory, an important one following the series of games we have had,” said Hodgson.
“I don’t think we have been in poor form or played poorly in recent games so it was important for me to maintain the players believing that you don’t automatically equate form with results”
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