A Hero Returns!
Yesterday it was announced that Wilfried Zaha will be returning to Crystal Palace on a season long-loan from Manchester United.
This comes just a day after the announcement of Neil Warnock as manager and it has definitely softened the blow of all the drama that has occurred over the last couple of weeks at Selhurst Park.
Zaha made himself a legend at Palace after rising up from the youth system to produce some memorable displays, one of which was the memorable play-off semi-final against bitter rivals Brighton in which he scored two goals to send Palace through to the final, we all know what happened next.
Unfortunately Palace were unable to keep the local hero as inevitable attention was received from big clubs including Manchester United. This deal eventually went through and although devastating it was something you feel he couldn’t turn down.
One thing that baffled me was to why he wasn’t loaned back to us for the season just for some experience of the Premier League as I could never see him breaking into the United first team on a regular basis.
Zaha never did feature for United in the league and was eventually loaned to Cardiff where he never really looked at home either. We all knew where he really belonged, in South London!
The move back to Selhurst was always in the pipeline it’s just whether we could get him. It always seemed like he, the fans and Palace co-chairman Steve Parish wanted the move but something tells me former manager Tony Pulis was never keen. This could have been part of the reason he left but we will never know.
Now Neil Warnock has come in he has immediately stepped in for the local legend and successfully acquired his services for the season.
Warnock seems to me to be somewhat of a ‘yes man’ and I firmly believe to have got the Palace job he would have had to have agreed to want to sign Zaha.
Either way it doesn’t bother me what Warnock does as long as he gets results and gets the best out of Zaha and the rest of the team.
Warnock said he wants at least four more players before the season ends so fingers crossed they are quality enough to compliment Zaha and we can push on up the Premier League table.
I definitely feel more confident about the season ahead than I did after the West Ham game. Now Wilf’s back in South London where he belongs I am very hopeful.