‘It’s going to be Wilfried Zaha’s year,’ Crystal Palace star James McArthur tells talkSPORT

15 Sep

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has been backed to enjoy a prolific year at Selhurst Park by teammate James McArthur.


The 23-year-old winger scored his first goal of the season on Saturday, netting the winner in a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

He also grabbed the assist for Christian Benteke’s opening goal, in what was a great individual performance from the young talent, and it appears Zaha has recommitted himself to Palace after pushing for a move away over the summer.

Tottenham made a formal offer for the twice-capped England international towards the close of the transfer window, and Zaha reportedly told manager Alan Pardew he wanted to leave Selhurst Park – but neither he nor chairman Steve Parish agreed to the winger’s demands.

However, he has not grown discontented at his failure to leave the Eagles, and McArthur believes Zaha has got his head down and his confidence up – all signs which point to a big year for the 23-year-old.

McArthur told talkSPORT: “He’s been instrumental in what the club has done in the last four or five years. He’s been excellent.

“Obviously he left for a while [to Manchester United], but since he came back and I’ve been playing with him, he’s been unbelievable to be honest.

“When you’ve got a player you can give the ball to on your byline, and take it to the other byline, that’s a nice feeling.

“Getting the goal will obviously help his confidence. I really think it’s going to be Wilfried Zaha’s year this year.

“I think he’s going to produce lots of assists and goals and hopefully he keeps continuing playing as well as he has.”

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