Palace finished this year’s Premier League season with an absolute bang after winning 5-3 against Bournemouth. Manager Roy Hodgson says the win was an “attacking party” after his side ended the season with an eight-goal thriller at Selhurst Park.
“It was a fantastic end to the season,” said Hodgson. Clearly, the team and manager are glad with their performance and ended up with a total of 49 points.
The Eagles scored three times in the opening 37 minutes, courtesy of Michy Batshuayi scoring twice and a Jack Simpson own goal. Bournemouth did manage to score two goals as well and Palace were pegged back to 3-2. However, they ended up scoring two more, the first from Patrick van Aanholt and then Andros Townsend adding to his goal tally for the season.
Wilfried Zaha brilliantly assisted Townsend who swept home to make sure of the three points for the hosts. Unfortunately, it seems Zaha might not be staying with the Eagles any longer and plans to leave in what is looking like another long summer.
The club are reportedly demanding a fee of £100million before a deal would even be considered and remain reluctant to sell the prized asset but Zaha has reiterated his desire to play Champions League football. The Ivory Coast international has scored 10 goals in an impressive 2018-19 Premier League campaign and is keen to test himself at the highest level of club football and start regularly challenging for trophies, and that we could not deny him.
Zaha left Manchester United in 2015 and spoke of feeling “worthless” and of his frustration at not playing following his move. However, now there is a sense that Zaha has unfinished business at United and would seriously consider a return to Old Trafford should a bid be made. United may also be letting go of one of their star players this summer, Paul Pogba. Lee Sharpe, former professional footballer and sports pundit, claims that “I think it will be tough for United to keep Pogba after failing to qualify for the Champions League”.
All in all, Zaha believes he has done all he can at Palace and should be allowed to go. He has ambitions to play at the highest level, “I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest”.
Although he is grateful to have come this far with the Eagles, he feels he has so much more to offer. His contract runs until 2023 after he signed a new deal last year, and Palace believe he is worth a large transfer fee given his status as one of the most impressive players in the Premier League and his importance to them.
He will be dearly missed if a transfer does take place, considering how crucial and vital Zaha is to the South London outfit. Since returning in 2015, he has developed into one of the best players outside the Premier League’s top six and his departure would leave a large hole in the side.
This summer is definitely going to be a game-changer for the Eagles – fans and players alike are nervous and anxious about the outcome.