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Having handed in a transfer request on the eve of the window’s deadline, you wouldn’t expect Wilfried Zaha’s dramatic actions to have gone down too well with those who hold Crystal Palace close to their hearts.
Presumably, many of the supporters wouldn’t have been too happy given the timing of it, whilst you can only wonder what was going through his teammates’ heads after arguably the best player in the squad declared his intentions to leave.
The Ivory Coast international made no secret of his desire to leave the club, amid bids from both Arsenal and Everton for his services in the summer window.
However, all seems to be well at Selhurst Park despite Zaha’s late antics in the window.
The 26-year-old was summoned off the bench by Roy Hodgson and subbed on in the Eagles’ Premier League opener, coincidentally against Everton, and was greeted with a warm round of applause and a serenading from the Selhurst Park faithful who bellowed out his chant.
After all he has done for the club in helping them achieve promotion and Premier League survival, this makes sense.
But how have his teammates reacted? Well, Scottish midfielder James McCarthy has spoken glowingly about Zaha’s reaction following his transfer request, saying: “I must say his attitude has been amazing since he has come back.
“He has accepted it and is fully committed to the squad, the team and the fans — look at the reception [they gave him], they appreciate everything he has done for this club. He is a brilliant lad.”
Hodgson has also revealed that Zaha has trained better since his failed attempt to leave, whilst a ‘clear the air’ meeting called by Mamadou Sakho has helped ease any lingering tension between the forward and the rest of the squad.
In the aftermath of such a dramatic decision so late in the window, it seems all is well between Zaha, his teammates and his adorning supporters.