Zaha needs to “suck it up” – Salako
Crystal Palace legend John Salako says Wilfried Zaha must stop sulking and get back to helping the Eagles.
Ivory Coast international Zaha returned to Selhurst Park in August 2014 for a second spell after a failed stint at Manchester United and he has been an integral part of the first-team ever since his return.
The 26-year-old scored 10 goals from 34 Premier League appearances last season to help Palace avoid Premier League relegation and his impressive performances caught the eye of a number of clubs.
After ensuring the Eagles’ top-flight status for another 12 months at least, the forward revealed he wanted to leave this summer and make the move to a side playing Champions League football.
Tottenham Hotspur were said to be very keen on a move while Arsenal, who will be competing in the Europa League this term, were also keen on wrapping up a move the window slammed shut.
However, Palace’s asking price, believed to be around £80million-plus was too much for potential suitors and Zaha was extremely disappointed at not being able to secure a move.
The Ivorian looked disinterested in the first two league games of the season and his performances led to accusations of sulking from fans and pundits, while his display in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Manchester United was also questioned.
Manager Roy Hodgson has sympathised with Zaha after failing to leave Selhurst Park but the former England boss needs to find a way to get his star man back on side this season.
Palace legend Salako, who played for the Eagles from 1986-1995, has also bee understanding of the situation but he also had some hard words for the winger ahead of this weekend’s action.
“He’s got to suck it up. you could see him sulking first day on the bench against Everton,” he told Love Sport Radio. “Then away against Sheffield United, he just never played. He was looking a bit sulky and wasn’t happy, but at Old Trafford, a club he played for, up against Wan Bissaka, he had a point to prove”.
Palace are in League Cup action when they play host to Colchester United in the second round but Hodgson’s main focus is likely to be on Saturday’s home PL clash against Aston Villa.
The Eagles won the last meeting with Villa at Selhurst Park, running out 2-1 winners in 2015, but the Villans triumphed in the most recent encounter back in January 2016.