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Crystal Palace can’t afford to lose Wilfried Zaha after Roy Hodgson’s latest comments

Crystal Palace could be in danger of losing Wilfried Zaha in the near future.

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The Ivory Coast international is enjoying a prolific campaign at Selhurst Park this season, having made 19 Premier League appearances with nine goals and two assists to show for his 19 starts.

The 28-year-old has been linked with moves in the past but as things stand, he has not bee able to secure a move away.

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However, Roy Hodgson believes he still harbours ambitions of playing in the Champions League and that he will face a fight to keep the club’s top goalscorer in the summer.

When asked whether he believes Zaha will stay at Palace for the rest of his career, Hodgson said: “No, I would think he still has a lot of ambitions. I think this was a very unusual transfer window, there wasn’t much going on if we’re to be honest, and there certainly weren’t many big money moves. A lot of the transfers involved loans or loans with a view to buy.

“I think when the market opens up again, Wilf Zaha will once again be a name on many managers’ and sporting directors’ lips.

“I think Wilf will retain his ambition to play Champions League football and do things that we’ve not been able to give him while he’s been playing here. But I’m hoping and believing also that the club will still be trying to persuade him that what you need to get out of football you can get here. How that will pan out, I really couldn’t say, it’s pure speculation.”

Hold firm

Whilst Christian Benteke has been linked with a move away from the Eagles in recent months – reports had even suggested West Brom tried to prise him away from Selhurst Park in the January transfer window – the potential loss of Zaha, who earns wages worth £130,000-per-week, would be more significant.

He has for so often been instrumental for The Eagles. Hodgson’s side, in fact, have yet to win a game without him this season.

Since re-joining the club after an ill-fated stint at Old Trafford, their talismanic attacker has come on leaps and bounds under Hodgson, having scored 32 goals in 132 appearances across all competitions, per Transfermarkt.

For context, Benteke has only managed to score 26 times in 131 games since arriving at Selhurst Park from Liverpool for £27m in 2016.

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It’s no surprise then that Zaha has won the Crystal Palace Player of the Year award three times, with his current teammate James McArthur once branding him “unplayable.”

This is precisely why Palace chairman Steve Parish simply can’t afford to lose the £45m-rated hitman. He just means too much to the club and the fanbase both on and off the pitch.

AND in other news, Sean Dyche could be an ideal heir to Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace

Article title: Crystal Palace can’t afford to lose Wilfried Zaha after Roy Hodgson’s latest comments

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