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Hodgson must return Zaha to the left after talisman’s failure to impact Chelsea trip

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Hodgson must return Zaha to the left after talisman’s failure to impact Chelsea trip

Roy Hodgson fielded Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend as a mobile front duo against Chelsea last weekend, but it did not prevent his side falling to a 3-1 defeat.

Former Tottenham flier Townsend was in the game, at least, bursting free of David Luiz in the second half to net a very impressive equaliser; it’s not his failt that it only served to anger Maurizio Sarri’s side and see them swat aside Crystal Palace.

The Eagles face another tricky assignment on Sunday when Tottenham visit Selhurst Park, but the recent form of Mauricio Pochettino’s side offers Hodgson a glimmer of hope.

 

The Argentine has a particular weakness at right-back right now. Kieran Trippier has experienced a World Cup hangover and continued his struggle to readjust to a more defensive role after his summer dalliance with right wing-back.

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His understudy, Serge Aurier, put in an abject display against PSV in midweek. Whichever option plays, there’s a weakness there that Hodgson must exploit.

Fortunately, Zaha is the perfect man to do exactly that if he is returned to the left-wing, which would get him more involved in proceedings, on the ball and driving at Spurs as opposed to spending the match with his back to goal like last Sunday at the Bridge.

 

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