February 29, 2024

Wilfried Zaha could make a shock return to Crystal Palace this summer – despite only leaving Selhurst Park in July 2023.

That is according to Graeme Bailey.

So, what is the situation involving Wilfried Zaha and Crystal Palace? Let’s take a look…

Zaha could make Crystal Palace return

Well, the Ivory Coast international left SE25 back in July 2023 after his contract expired.

Zaha opted to join Galatasaray – where he has realised his dream of playing in the UEFA Champions League – although Bailey believes there could yet be another chapter for the Ivorian at Crystal Palace.

The HITC Football journalist said: “He has played Champions League football now. That’s a box ticked in his career.

“I could see it in the summer, yeah (a return to Crystal Palace). I would be surprised if we don’t see him at Selhurst Park again.”

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Zaha arguably cemented himself as the greatest footballer in Crystal Palace’s history during his time in south London, making a total of 458 appearances for the Eagles, scoring 90 goals while also providing 76 assists.

The 31-year-old has also enjoyed a decent start to life at Galatasaray, netting seven goals and setting up a further three in 23 appearances after signing a three-year contract worth £106,000-a-week.

Zaha return would be a timely boost

In our view, it would provide the fanbase with a major boost if Zaha did return to Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace fans currently have very little to shout about amid yet another miserably dull campaign under Roy Hodgson.

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Those who travelled to watch Wednesday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Everton at Goodison Park could even be heard chanting against the 76-year-old after he bizarrely substituted Eberechi Eze, despite needing a goal.

Therefore, the return of Zaha – along with the appointment of a new manager this summer – would surely transform the atmosphere around the club, at a time where unrest is truly starting to set in.

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