Holloway believes Zaha has been distracted by transfer talk

Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried ZahaCrystal Palace manager Ian Holloway believes that the speculation surrounding Wilfried Zaha has been detrimental to his performances.

The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a number of Premier League clubs in recent weeks, with the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham thought to be preparing bids.

Eagles chief Holloway feels that the speculation surrounding his immediate future has knocked the winger off of his stride in recent weeks and his level of performance hasn’t been the same as it was earlier in the season:

“Wilf has to be disciplined and play for the team and that is what he has done over the past two games, totally and utterly,” he is quoted by The Mirror.

“But for the last couple of weeks he’s had his head on other things because it is very hard, as a young man, to keep that level of consistency because people are talking about you.”

The Bristolian went on to suggest that if a sizable bid is made for the England international that the London club will be powerless to resist:

“If he does what he did against Stoke then a Premier League side will come and get him and if they do, what can I do about it?”

Zaha has enjoyed a fine start to the Championship season, as the Selhurst Park team make a push for promotion.

Both United and Spurs are thought to be highly interested in his signature and are reportedly willing to offer Palace £10m.

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