This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
When the chips are down, it can often take a side’s talisman to step up and drag his team out from the mud.
In Crystal Palace’s case, their star man is undoubtedly Wilfried Zaha.
The Ivory Coast international was the subject of interest from Arsenal and Everton back in the summer and even handed in a transfer request to try and force a move away from SE25, following a 2018/19 campaign in which he scored ten goals and recorded ten assists in the Premier League.
In the end, Palace held firm and resisted all offers for their No.11.
Zaha was said to be ‘devastated’ that he didn’t get his move, although his performances so far this season haven’t really been good enough to suggest that someone will pay the £100m that the Eagles want.
His latest performance – an ineffective showing in the 2-0 defeat to Leicester – further emphasised the fact that Zaha may be harming his own hopes of a move away by failing to deliver clutch performances.
Against the Foxes, the 26-year-old failed to get any of his two shots on target on a day where he struggled to seriously test the keeper yet again.
Zaha also had three unsuccessful touches, and was dispossessed three times while also running offside once.
Additionally, the forward delivered just one cross, which turned out to be an inaccurate one.
Everton reportedly offered £70m plus James McCarthy and Cenk Tosun on loan back in the summer, but Palace rejected the bid as they held firm on their £100m valuation – Arsenal also turned their attentions to Nicolas Pepe instead.
If interested parties weren’t keen to pay the asking price back in the summer, then it seems unlikely that they’d do so after Zaha has endured such an underwhelming start to the campaign.