Steve Parish could give the next Crystal Palace manager a huge boost even before he starts …
What is the word?
According to Athletic’s Matt Woosnam, Eagles sensation Wilfried Zaha is more likely to sign a new contract at Selhurst Park than to move to a bigger club.
Asked about the 28-year-old winger and his future in south-east London, the always-reliable reporter replied:
Woosnam also suggested towards the end of a recent column on the Ivorian international that “a movement [this summer] therefore may not be forthcoming.
Will Zaha stay at the Palace this summer?
YES – 100%!
Roy Hodgson’s future is shrouded in a lot of mystery himself, but as his contract expires it looks very likely that the 73-year-old veteran will part ways with Palace.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is the main target to succeed him, according to Football Insider, while former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and legendary Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, among others, have been linked in the role. .
And Parish can make the job all the more appealing if he ties their star performer, Zaha, to a new deal. This will give whoever becomes the next Selhurst Park man an instant boost.
The 28-year-old forward, who earns £ 130,000 a week, has once again proven that he is an integral part of his fortune this season. His 6.88 average rating is only second behind another player, and he ranks first in goals scored (ten) and dribbles per game (1.8), via WhoScored.
In recent windows, Zaha has been heavily discussed with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Everton, but in the end Palace’s £ 80million asking price deterred contenders for the £ 26million talisman. .
It’s no wonder the Gunners have been linked in the interest as their manager, Mikel Arteta, dubbed Zaha ‘phenomenal’ and ‘unique’, while Hodgson once reaffirmed his importance to the club by describing him as a times as a “game changer”.
In February, Palace had lost 17 of 19 league games in his absence and hasn’t even managed to score in 15 of those losses, only highlighting how crucial he is for the side.
Whether it’s Lampard, Dyche or even Hodgson, Parish can give the next man in the dugout a perfect start in Eagles life by tying up their lead man.
That’s for sure.
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