Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway was full of praise for future Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha after his Eagles side marched to a 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough this weekend.
Zaha looked to be in perfect form as he gave Middlesbrough full-back Stewart Parnaby a torrid afternoon down the left flank.
Holloway paid tribute to the young winger’s performance. He said: “Wilf today, with the England manager watching him, his choice of pass, his weight of pass, he used the full-backs run to beat someone.
“That was what I inherited when I first got here and that’s as good as he’s played for me I think.
“I told him at half-time (Hodgson was in attendance), so what a stroke of genius that might have been! Although he did well enough in the first half, he is literally as good as any chef I’ve seen, he can roast people. He’s roasted their full-backs…they’ll be glad to go home to be honest!”
Ivorian-born Zaha was at his imperious best throughout the demolishing of Middlesbrough, notching two assists but providing five or six clear cut chances for his team-mates. His classy dribbling and precise control were evident throughout but his decision-making and final ball was very impressive considering his age.
Obviously, it is important that the England winger maintains his current form as he has been a little below par in the past few months, which Ian Holloway blames on the speculation which surrounded his future over the winter period.
If Zaha can continue to improve for the remainder of the season, it looks likely that he will be a massive hit at Old Trafford and could prove to be a breath of fresh air after a so far poor campaign by United’s wide players.
It is evident that Zaha is far too good for this level, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the step up next season. He certainly has the attitude, confidence and ability to succeed at the highest level.