“He is doing his part and enjoying the moment. Out there on the field, the hard work and the sweat that he puts in, you can’t replace that.” Mile Jedinak
Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak has praised the attitude of Wilfried Zaha after his two goals against bitter rivals Brighton took Palace to the Championship play-off final this week.
The 20-year old joined Manchester United in a £15 million January move but returned to Palace on loan for the rest of the season and has played a big part in their success this year.
But despite all the distraction of a move to Old Trafford in the summer, Jedinak praised the attitude that Zaha has shown since signing for United.
“Wilfried has been fully focused at this club, he doesn’t ever talk about Manchester United,” Zedinak told the Daily Star.
“We might joke around with him every so often, but the kid’s head is on. When it’s game time he is ready to roll.
“He is doing his part and enjoying the moment. Out there on the field, the hard work and the sweat that he puts in, you can’t replace that.”
From speaking with those associated with the club, Zaha is the real deal. His attitude is flawless and his love for the club shines through like a beacon. He is a very genuine character and that comes across very well indeed.
Zaha ended an 11 game goal drought on Monday night with his emphatic brace and his outburst at the full time whistle showed how much it meant to him on what was the biggest game of his career and Palace’s biggest in years.
On the grandest of stages under the greatest of pressures, Zaha took it all in his stride. The hallmark of any great player is not only having the physical talent to succeed but being able to match it with an equally strong mental attitude. It looks like Zaha might have it all.
I’m so excited to see what he can do at Old Trafford. In the Championship, teams are able to afford to man mark Zaha with a couple of players and bully him out of the game.
With a team of genuine quality around him, Zaha will find he has a lot more room in which to operate in the Premier League and he will be able to hug the touchline to find space.
At 20, the world is at his feet and by the looks of it, they are a gifted pair so United may well have snapped up a real world beater if he can progress just as well under Moyes.