Hodgson backing Zaha’s form to continue
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says Wilfried Zaha should continue his best form despite Michy Batshuayi’s arrival.
Before the signing of Belgium international Batshuayi late on deadline day, Palace were heavily reliant on Zaha to create and score goals.
However, he endured a barren run at the back end of 2018 and his strike against Southampton at the end of last month was his first in more than four months.
He has since gone on to score four goals in four games and Hodgson expects that run to continue, despite the presence of Batshuayi, with Zaha now being reverted to his favoured role of a 'wide forward' rather than playing centrally.
"He doesn't play that wide, we don't like him that wide," Hodgson said. "We don't play him as an out and out winger, it's a position he knows well and we like a bit of flexibility with our front players.
"He's not got his feet tied down, I don't check to see if there's any chalk on his boots when he comes in from the game so I don't see any difference there.
"What we need from Wilf is for him to produce the performances that we've seen in these last two or three weeks where he's scored goals and played very well.”
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