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Carlton Palmer has revealed his admiration for Crystal Palace playmaker Wilfried Zaha and is surprised that he is still at Selhurst Park.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast correspondent Tom Ward, the former England international can’t believe a top-six club didn’t go extreme in the summer.
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Zaha’s Palace’s future has been shrouded in transfer speculation for quite some time, as he submitted a transfer request in an attempt to engineer a move out of Selhurst Park before the start of the season.
However, a move did not materialize, after Roy Hodgson’s team rejected the approaches of Premier League rivals. Arsenal and Everton.
But Palmer thinks something is not quite right behind the scenes.
“I’m a huge fan of him, I’m a huge fan of Zaha. I’m surprised none of the other major clubs attacked him. 50 million pounds is a lot of money, but like I say, I’m surprised none of the other major clubs attacked him.
“There must be something they know or something they are aware of that they don’t want to get close to.
“But he’s been the talisman of Crystal Palace for years and years and years and he’s a talented, talented player, that’s for sure.”
It goes without saying that the 28-year-old is the club’s best player as Palace has lost. 15 of the last 17 Premier League matches that have been missed for various reasons.
In eight appearances in the Premier League so far this season, Zaha has scored five goals and provided two assists, while averaging 2.3 shots, 1.6 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game, through Who scored.
However, while there is no doubt about Zaha’s ability, his attidude It has been a small problem in the past, which is perhaps where the problem lies.
Valued at £ 45 million through Transfer market, the highly rated Ivory Coast international began his career at the club of his childhood, before moving to Manchester United in the Premier League in 2013, until he returned to Selhurst Park in bitter circumstances only two years later, after a frustrating stint at Old Trafford.
But this has done little to deter would-be suitors, with Arsenal and Everton He is credited with an interest in the versatile forward in the summer, amid overseas ties with European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco.
If that day comes, there is no question that his inevitable departure will be a huge loss for the Eagles.
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