Patrick Vieira says he’d like to preserve Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace previous this season and thinks the winger can nonetheless take his recreation to a different stage.
Zaha has one yr left on his deal at Selhurst Park and is but to place pen to paper on an extension, that means Palace would threat shedding him on a free subsequent summer season have been his stance to stay agency. The scenario has left many speculating whether or not the Ivorian worldwide will lastly depart his boyhood membership for good this yr having flirted with a possible exit in earlier seasons.
Palace’s stance has at all times been clear with their winger, with the membership solely entertaining gives that matched their valuation of Zaha’s expertise and his significance to the group. His enter has been on present for all to see as soon as once more this season, along with his 14 targets in all competitions a career-best return that additionally places him high of the scoring charts for Palace for the second season operating.
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Vieira was requested in his pre-match press convention on Friday afternoon whether or not he’d given a lot thought as to whether Zaha can be a Crystal Palace participant subsequent season, to which the Frenchman stated: “While you discuss Crystal Palace you discuss Wilfried Zaha. He is been at this membership and he is been doing fantastically nicely. And once more as a supervisor, after all, I might like to preserve him however he must need to be right here.
“This season I feel he confirmed to all people what this soccer membership means to him as a result of he is been performing nicely and scoring targets. I imagine that he can nonetheless take himself to a unique stage and assist the group to develop.”
Vieira has beforehand challenged Zaha to attain extra targets for Palace, saying after Palace’s 2-1 win at Southampton earlier this month that he thought the winger must be hitting 20 targets every season with the variety of probabilities his group create. Glenn Murray was the final participant to attain greater than 20 targets in a season for Palace when he smashed in 31 in the course of the membership’s promotion-winning season in 2012/13.
“He must be larger than that,” Vieira stated at St Mary’s when requested about Zaha’s file aim tally. “We deliver [in] some gamers round [him] and that improves Wilfried’s skill to attain targets as nicely.
“While you create probabilities [as a team], he may have probabilities to attain these targets. He’s at all times been scoring targets. If we play the best way we performed and we create the probabilities, he will certainly rating targets. I imagine that he’s obtained the power and high quality to attain round 20 targets, to be trustworthy with you.”