Crystal Palace defender Tomkins: Zaha deserves our Player of the Year

Posted May 14, 2018

According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham are interested in signing Zaha from Premier League rivals Palace this summer, while The Sun has credited Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City with interest in the 25-year-old winger.

"I'm desperate, as are Palace fans, for him to stay and be a part of our next season".

The forward has eight goals and five assists to his name in the current campaign, and his all-round presence and attacking prowess have led Palace to 11th in the Premier League table and well clear of the relegation zone.

At the other end of the pitch, Wilfried Zaha anxious the West Brom defence as he attempted to squeeze a shot on goal after James McArthur played him in but goalkeeper Ben Foster reacted quickly and saved with his feet.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson has stated recently that "it's inevitable we are going to lose a few good players in the summer", further increasing speculation that the Ivorian star will be leaving Selhurst Park at the end of the season after firing them to yet another great escape.

"I would be very unhappy to see the day he leaves the club, I hope he will be here long after I am".

While it would be a discredit to exclusively pinpoint Zaha as Palace's saviour this term, Hodgson has noticed a vast improvement in the winger's defensive work as well as being one of the league's trickier operators going forward.

'I think his decision making on the ball is improving all the time. I think he may even get an improved contract, I think he should at least get his head down and be there for next season and see where he goes from there. When to run with it, when to pass it.