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Wilfried Zaha | Forward | #11

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/10/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 146

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Crystal Palace took two leads and saw it disappear in the first half alone in a 2-2 draw with Everton.
Palace jumped on the board early with the second-fastest goal in Premier League history after James McArthur pounced on a saved shot by Ruben Lofus-Cheek at the back post just 51 seconds into the match. After Scott Dann gave away a dubious penalty in the fifth minute, Wilfried Zaha gave the Eagles another lead with a goal in the 35th minute for his third goal in the last five league games. In the 35th minute, Joel Ward zipped across a pass that found Zaha for a rare, composed finish. But the lead was gone on the brink of half-time as Palace stayed bottom with only a point to show from Saturday. Nov 18 - 12:20 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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Wilfried Zaha's goal six minutes into injury time capped a second-half comeback as Crystal Palace drew 2-2 with West Ham at Selhurst Park.

Palace found themselves trailing 2-0 at half-time courtesy of strikes from Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew. Yet Angelo Ogbonna conceded a silly penalty when he fouled Andros Townsend, who was dribbling away from goal, to give the hosts a lifeline. Luka Milivojevic converted the spot-kick to cut the deficit in half and that proved to be the turning point the match. Roy Hodgson's side struck the woodwork twice and peppered Joe Hart in goal before finally being rewarded. Zaha's goal was a brilliant solo effort, cutting inside and leveling the match with a low effort out of the reach of Hart. Though Palace remain at the bottom of the table, things are starting to look much brighter with Zaha back and in fine form.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 28 - 1:00 PM

Wilfried Zaha returned from injury to inspire Crystal Palace to its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

After a terrible start, winless and goalless in seven matches, Crystal Palace impressed on Saturday. Roy Hodgson's took a deserved lead in the 11 minute when Yohan Cabaye's close-range strike deflected off Cesar Azpilicueta and into the net. Chelsea equalized through Tiemoue Bakayoko seven minutes later but the home side restored their lead just before the break when Zaha, back after missing the last six matches with a knee injury, scored after an excellent solo effort. The Blues pressed in the second half but saw their chances limited to strikes from distance, while Palace missed ample chances to extend their lead yet held firm to claim all three points.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 14 - 12:54 PM

Crystal Palace will be more than relieved to see the return of winger Wilfried Zaha against Chelsea on Saturday.

The star winger has been out since the opening week of the season when he suffered a knee injury in the first match. Since, the club has yet to score a goal or record a point and now have a new manager in Roy Hodgson. After seven goals and 11 assists last year, there's a lot weighing on Zaha to pull the club out of its slump. Said Hodgson:"Wilfried has trained for two weeks over the international break so therefore there is no reason why I shouldn’t consider him for the game against Chelsea...He did ever so well to come back that quickly from the injury so to expect him to be in the form he was in before is a tough ask but it has certainly been good to see him in training."
Oct 13 - 4:29 PM

Crystal Palace is nearing the end of its anxious wait without Wilfried Zaha with the winger close to a return.

Zaha is set to return after the upcoming international break after sustaining a knee injury in the club's opening match of the season, according to manager Roy Hodgson. "We've got a large squad to choose from. Everyone made it through Tuesday unscathed...Feedback on Wilf is positive, he is doing work with the sports science and medical staff and is still on target for a return after the international period." The Eagles have sorely missed the Ivorian international as the club remains goalless this season.
Sep 22 - 4:38 PM

Frank de Boer reveals Wilfried Zaha is going to "start his rehab" as the Palace winger steps up his recovery from a knee injury.

The Eagles boss was speaking after his sides 2-1 win over Championship outfit Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup: "Wilf is a very robust player and the first couple of days is very important to have some rest," de Boer confirmed. "From now on he’s going to start his rehab, but we don’t know how long it’s going to take. The risk is that you start too early and that he has a setback, so I don’t want to put a time on it right now." It was hoped that Zaha would be back within a month after he was pictured with his leg in a brace following the opening day defeat to Huddersfield, but that timeline has slipped a little. On a more positive note, Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur were back in the starting XI for the first time on Tuesday, and the pair come into contention for the visit of Swansea this weekend.
Aug 23 - 4:21 PM

Just 24 hours after Crystal Palace played down fears over Wilfried Zaha’s knee injury, reports suggest the 24-year-old could be missing for up-to a month.

Zaha posted an image of his right knee in a hinged support on Instagram with the words ‘God shall protect me’ following the 3-nil home defeat by Huddersfield Town. However, the post was quickly removed, and when the club were asked for an update on Monday, they insisted the winger was wearing the protective brace for recovery as a precaution. But, it now appears that those initial concerns were well-placed as news on Tuesday confirmed that Zaha is likely to spend the next 4 weeks sidelined. The winger is expected to miss the trip to Anfield, and the home clash with Swansea, although there is hope that he could return to face Burnley after the international break. Frank de Boer may look to Andros Townsend while Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur are closing in on a return after featuring for the development side.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 15 - 12:16 PM

Crystal Palace concluded a major piece of business by signing winger Wilfried Zaha to a contract extension.

Signing Zaha to a new deal was one of the club's highest priorities, which now includes finding a new manager following Sam Allardyce's abrupt resignation. But at least Steve Parish and company know that the 24-year-old is committed for the next five years through the 2022 season amid rumors he could leave for Spurs this summer. Said Zaha about the new deal: "Palace is in my heart and I don't think the story is over. I spoke with Steve and I think I still have more to give this Club. The supporters have been amazing and I want us to do more than just stay in the League next year. I would like to thank the Chairman for being a big part of my journey and his fellow owners for backing me and rewarding my progression. Let's do this!"
May 26 - 6:35 AM

Wilfried Zaha assisted on two Crystal Palace goals as the Eagles beat Arsenal 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

It was a comprehensive win for Palace as they likely confirmed their place in the Premier League next season at the expense of Arsenal's spot in next season's Champions League. Zaha was a constant threat and he put in first Andros Townsend and then Yohan Cabaye on the way to the 3-0 win. Zaha is finishing the season in fantastic form.
Apr 10 - 9:49 PM

Wilfried Zaha scored the opener and Andros Townsend doubled it up as Crystal Palace won their second match on the bounce.

It was hardly a thing of beauty but that's the Sam Allardyce way and it seems to be taking hold for Crystal Palace. For the second weekend in a row Palace ground out a win while earning a clean sheet. Expect more of the same as the South Londoners try to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Mar 4 - 1:19 PM

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha provided the only consolation in a 2-1 loss to relegation favorites Swansea City on Tuesday night.

The struggles have only continued for Crystal Palace under new manager Sam Allardyce with the club currently on a six-match winless streak in the Premier League. This week was especially tough for the side after a loss to Arsenal was coupled with a devastating defeat to Swansea City, which means Palace is just one point above the bottom three. Zaha scored a stunner in the 83rd minute, equalizing with an acrobatic scissor-kick volley following Martin Kelly's cross for his fourth goal of the season. But Angel Rangel scored the match-winner in the 88th minute to down the Eagles at Selhurst Park. And to make matters worse for the club, Zaha will now link up with the Ivory Coast for the African Cup on Nations, which will likely rule him out for a month.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 3 - 5:13 PM

Crystal Palace confirmed that midfielder Wilfried Zaha will leave for the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

The Eagles actually received a massive favor from the Ivory Coast, who denied every request to let its Premier League stars play in Gameweek 20 (Eric Bailly, Wilfried Bony, Max Gradel) except for Zaha, who will face Swansea City on Tuesday before linking up with the national team. It will be Zaha's first appearance for the Ivory Coast after switching allegiances from England last month. Meanwhile, manager Sam Allardyce also confirmed that there is no truth to the rumours linking the winger with an exit this year. "I knew before I got here that he was going and I wish him all the best and when he comes back, having been successful, I am hoping he will be fit and ready to play...There's no potential for losing him permanently, according to the chairman this morning."
Jan 2 - 5:14 PM

The KCOM Stadium proved to be the place to be on Saturday afternoon as a cracking 3-3 draw was played out between Crystal Palace and Hull City.

Hull went into the game struggling to end a torrid run of form while Palace have recently shown signs of finding form. Hull made it to half time with a slender lead after Snodgrass converted a penalty which he dubiously earned himself after Dann was adjudged to have fouled the Scot. Palace had dominated up to that point but were rattled. They emerged after the break in fighting form, equalising through a penalty of their own from Benteke. The game opened up into a high energy affair with Zaha scoring a phenomenal solo goal to give them a lead. Diomande roared the Tigers back into the tie after spinning on the edge of the box to slot passed Hennessy. Diomande had perhaps benefited from poor Palace defending notching up the second and the same could be said for Livermore who scored with ease. Sub Frazier Campbell headed the Eagles level after a Zaha cross to cap off a remarkable game with a fair result.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 12:09:00 PM

Alan Pardew confirmed Crystal Palace will welcome winger Wilfried Zaha back into the lineup Friday night against Everton.

The former Manchester United man missed last weekend's come-from-behind win against Sunderland with a hamstring injury, as Yohan Cabaye came back into the lineup next to Joe Ledley and James McArthur. The news wasn't all good as the manager revealed Jonathan Benteke will miss the next three months with a knee injury. "Wilfried Zaha is back in the frame after missing the game at Sunderland but we have had a serious knee injury this week to Jonathan Benteke which is going to keep out of action for around three or four months. In training his knee locked when he was doing a finishing drill and he unfortunately needs an operation. It’s a shame for him and us but the group that travelled last week will go up to Everton plus the addition of Wilf."
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 06:56:00 AM

Crystal Palace were forced into a slight switch of personnel for Saturdays’ trip to the Stadium of Light following injuries to key players.

Alan Pardew had made a raft of changes for the midweek EFL Cup match at Southampton [eight in total], but of the three first team regulars who played, two left St Marys’ injured ruling them out of the Sunderland game. Ever-present [and joint top scorer] Scott Dann limped off after just 19 minutes due to a muscular problem while Wilfried Zaha completed the match but minor hamstring discomfort meant the winger did not travel to Wearside. Fortunately, the Eagles were still able to secure three-points despite finding themselves 2-nil down after an hour. Christian Benteke grabbed a last-gasp winner deep into injury time leaving the Black Cats firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 05:13:00 AM