Crystal Palace defender Damian Delaney says that Wilfried Zaha brings a lot to the side, following his loan move from Manchester United.
Crystal Palace defensive star Damian Delaney says that the return of Wilfried Zaha will considerably improve the Eagles' attacking threat.
Zaha joined Palace on a loan move from Manchester United in the summer as he looks to get his career back on track, and it is clearly a transfer that has gone down well with the squad.
The 21-year-old made his name at Palace before grabbing a permanent move to Old Trafford last summer, but he has failed to make an impression at United so far.
It means that the loan move he is currently on appears make-or-break for Zaha, who has expressed a desire to get back into the first-team fold at United.
He will have to impress considerably at Selhurst Park if he is to convince United manager Louis van Gaal that he is good enough to make the grade, given the attacking talent the Red Devils have.
If he can, then it will not just benefit himself. Palace will also have one of the most explosive wingers in the division at their service, and Delaney believes that if Zaha can find top form then it will help the side out hugely as they battle against the drop.
“We needed to add more firepower,” Delaney told the London Evening Standard. “I was delighted when Wilf came back because he has that X-factor you are looking for.
“He’s not up to full speed yet but he nearly scored against Burnley. Then it is up to the rest of us dogs to see the game out.”
Palace have not lost a game since Zaha's return - although they are still searching for their first three points of the season.
So far the club have been defeated by Arsenal and West Ham United, but they have collected points against Newcastle United and Burnley more recently which have offered supporters hope that they can still beat the drop.
Palace were dealt the blow of losing Tony Pulis moments before the season started and have taken a while to recover, but they appear to be heading in the right direction.
Neil Warnock is unlikely to be able to re-create the heroics of his predecessor, but any finish higher than 18th will be a great campaign for the club, given the circumstances.
If they are to get out of the relegation zone, then Zaha's form will be key and he will be hoping that further game time helps him get back to his best.
The next chance the England international will have to make an impact will be this weekend, when Palace take on Everton away in what looks a very difficult game.