Zaha leaving Crystal Palace is like Ian Wright's departure, says Geoff Thomas

Thursday, August 8th, 2019 11:41am

By Patrick Christys @PatrickChristys

Roy Hodgson better have a replacement lined up.

If Wilfried Zaha leaves Crystal Palace it will feel just like when Ian Wright went to Arsenal, says former Palace player Geoff Thomas.

Thomas told Love Sport Breakfast that Roy Hodgson better have replacement players in mind because it's time to let Wilfried Zaha go.

Thomas, who played 195 times for Palace between 1987 and 1993, scoring 26 goals, thinks Zaha's potential departure would leave a big hole in his former club.

Zaha handed in a transfer request amid serious interest from Everton - although the fee the Merseyside club is willing to pay has not yet been disclosed.

Thomas told Rich Lee and Patrick Christys this morning: "He’s been a great servant for palace and you feel like it’s time for him to go and once a player starts to feel like that it’s very difficult to keep him.

"It’s going to be a huge loss if he does go, going back to my time we lost Ian Wright and he was the heartbeat of the team and it was difficult to replace him.

"If it’s true that his transfer request has been put in then he’s showing what he’s intending to do and I think it’s sometimes best for the club that things happen quickly and things happen quickly.

"Hopefully Roy and the team have got people in mind who they can react on quickly because they are running out of time."

If Zaha leaves it would be a serious blow to the London club, who already parted company with wing-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka earlier in the window, as he joined Manchester United for £45m.

Tune in to Love Sport Breakfast every weekday morning from 6am-10am with former Watford, Brentford and Fulham goalkeeper Rich Lee, as well as journalist Patrick Christys.

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