Wilfried Zaha is coming off a superb recent spell of form for Crystal Palace, after being named Premier League Player of the Month for April, while bagging four goals and an assist in the process.
Yet, worryingly for Palace supporters, Zaha is constantly linked with a summer move away from Selhurst Park.
This week reports in the Mirror claim that Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all vying to sign the Ivory Coast international.
However, comments made during Roy Hodgson’s Friday afternoon press conference revealed that these rumours are fanciful at best, as the Eagles manager expects Zaha to remain in SE25.
“This is where he belongs. This is his club. He knows how much we and the fans value him,” Hodgson said. “I don’t blame other clubs for coveting him. He is ours and I still believe he will be when the season begins.”
Hodgson seems convinced Zaha will make the correct decision and stay at Selhurst Park, where he is truly loved by the fans and has enjoyed his career’s best moments.
The 25-year-old winger must heed his manager’s faith and ignore the Premier League big boys.
Moving to the clubs that are reportedly chasing the Ivorian would represent a step back in his career, as he would travel to a hostile environment where playing time would be at a minimum.
The best choice for Zaha would be to stick with the Eagles and propel the south London club up the Premier League table. Backed by the brilliant Hodgson, who has engineered perhaps the greatest turnaround in Premier League history, Palace could challenge for the Europa League places next season.
Hodgson’s confident stance will be massively reassuring for the Palace faithful, as his belief that Zaha will remain an Eagle next season provides a huge boost for the club’s summer.
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) May 11, 2018
And a cryptic tweet from the player’s official account perhaps hints at a renewed contract at Selhurst Park.