Stronger defence key to Crystal Palace revival, says Sam Allardyce

Tottenham were interested in Zaha last summer while Manchester City have also been linked with the Ivory Coast worldwide and Bolasie is convinced his former team-mate will go far.

Confidence is high, but Allardyce and his players are well aware of what happened in the wake of the recent win at Chelsea when they travelled to Southampton and lost 3-1.

Wilfried Zaha's and Jason Puncheon's roots were close to Selhurst Park and both are prominent in Sam Allardyce's team.

A return to Manchester therefore seems unlikely with such bad memories of his time in the north, whereas joining Tottenham would enable him to remain in London - and ultimately play more first-team football under a manager who has pursued his signature for some time now.

With four points from his first eight games, Allardyce initially struggled to turn things around, but has now put his own stamp on Palace, having picked up five wins from last six games and kept four clean sheets in the process. "Hopefully he will get that chance at Palace". Because he is a rare talent.

Palace now sit 16th in the Premier League table, six points clear of the relegation places after a run of six wins from seven games, but Allardyce has warned his side not to get carried away. "There should be another 20 or 30 young Wilfried Zahas across the country", Allardyce said during an event organized by the Palace for Life Foundation.

Replays clearly showed the foul took place outside the penalty area on the left side, but referee Jonas Eriksson pointed to the spot without any consultation from the goal line official. The Premier League has got bigger competition that ever before.

"Who knows [how much Zaha is worth]?" It is called China. "You could see on Monday [against Arsenal] their confidence".

"Now the Chinese are looking at the younger ones and are paying bigger money than the Premier League has ever paid out to entice them to go to China".

However, at Manchester City, Zaha would most likely be brought in as cover for Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, two pacey wingers who are viewed as the future of the club under Pep Guardiola.

Zaha is drawing the plaudits with his excellent performances for Crystal Palace this term, and is reportedly a summer transfer target for Tottenham.

  • Stacy Allen