Sometimes, amid all the Wilfried Zaha related hype, it is hard to remember that it was an entire team of players that earned promotion for Crystal Palace last season.
It is a point Ian Holloway would certainly ram down your throat in the event of you doubting Palace’s hopes of survival next campaign.
And Zaha was not the only impressive young Brit catching the eye in Croydon last season.
Jonathan Williams featured in 33 games for The Eagles last campaign and the 19-year-old has come back strong after a serious leg break in 2011 to make his international debut for Wales in March this year.
And the diminutive creative midfielder has reportedly attracted the attention of some of England’s biggest and best clubs over the years; with an apparent valuation of £10 million slapped on his head.
Chelsea’s apparent interest in the beguiling midfield maestro has been long credited; as a potential long-term replacement for the club legend Frank Lampard.
Manchester United however have seen their rumoured interest peak in recent months along with Premier League rivals Arsenal.
United were linked with his signature back in April but Williams has been discussing both United and Chelsea in the press today; but certainly not chatting about joining either club.
Quite the opposite in fact; Williams has been talking about his excitement at playing against United and Chelsea.
“It will be great to be against Lampard. It will be awesome. As a midfield player, I have obviously looked up to him. I would like to improve the number of goals I score and he is a prime example of getting goals from midfield. The way he does it is incredible and hopefully I can work on that and improve. The technical ability will be higher but hopefully that will suit us. The way the manager Ian Holloway wants us to play is good football and I am delighted to be part of that.’’
And on the subject of Manchester United and Wales legend Giggs…
‘’I can’t explain what it will mean for me to play against him [Giggs]. I’ll try to get his shirt’’
So Palace fans should feel comfortable about Williams future at Selhurst Park; for now at least.
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