Zaha In Team Of The Week (30/10/17)
Crystal Palace are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Wilfried Zaha in the two all draw with West Ham United at the weekend at Selhurst Park was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Zaha as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'When you're hot, you're hot, and Wilfried Zaha is on fire at the moment. The Ivorian's performances of late have given Crystal Palace a lifeline. If the Eagles can get Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and Zaha on the pitch at the same time, Palace will pick up points. At the moment all the responsibility seems to be bearing down on Zaha's shoulders and I can understand that weight being too much. The player admits there are times when the pressure is inclined to get to him, but there is nothing like scoring goals to solve that particular problem. Zaha has wonderful ability and Palace supporters willingly pay to see a glimpse of that Zaha magic. That is all he should be concerned about at the moment. He is adored by his fans - just give them a little of what they crave. That's all.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Zaha for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course taking the win and that didn't happen.
Joe Hart (West Ham), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea).