John Salako airs concerns over Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha: 'He looks lost!'

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 11:13am

By Rahman Osman @IAmRahmanOsman

Former Crystal Palace winger John Salako says the form of star man Wilfred Zaha is a cause for concern to the club and urged him to clear his head and get back at to his best.

The former Manchester United man was ineffective even though Palace came out on top against London rivals Tottenham in the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to goals from Connor Wickham and Andros Townsend. 

Zaha has only provided a solitary assist in his last 12 games in all competitions and Salako thinks the problem is, at least partially, in his head.

“I was watching Wilf [against Spurs] and he seemed very detached,” Salako told Ian Stone’s Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).

"He seemed lost in what he was trying to do and there really is nothing positive. I didn’t one see him pick up a ball and really drive with any purpose, make things happen, look to score, bounce, pass, move, play and get in the box and score."He seemed very frustrated. He seems like an angry young man and it's really weird.

"He just doesn’t seem to be focused enough so it seems he just needs to clear his head and get back to what he was doing because obviously earlier in the season before Christmas he was sensational.”

Though Zaha failed to sparkle, the rest of the Palace team were well worth their progression to the fourth round of the FA Cup where they will take on League One side Doncaster. 

Solaka admits Palace were worthy winners but reckons Pochettino got some key decisions wrong on the day.“It was a fantastic performance and I thought Pochettino missed a trick with him coming in with a back five just didn’t work,” Salako added.

"I think the wing backs were supposed to get forward - [Kieran] Trippier down the right and [Kyle] Walker-Peters down the left - and they were the guys who were supposed to give him the width.

“[Georges-Kevin] N'Koudou just didn’t perform. You know I felt for the young lad in the first half.

“It was a big game for him with Son [Heung-Min], Dele Alli and Harry Kane out and it was an opportunity for him to shine.

“It was a great stage for him but it just didn’t happen for him.

“He had a great chance at the end of the first half [which was foiled by the] double save by Speroni.

“I thought he was just going to pinch that at the top corner and he was in acres of space and he had two goes at it and he couldn’t finish it.

“You know Trippier’s penalty miss right on the 43rd minute would have changed the game I think.

“Going in at half time 2-1 down in the game would have changed the game. So everything just seemed to go Palace’s way.”

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