The attacker rejoined the club after a spell at Manchester United this month.
Wilfried Zaha was one of the last signings Sir Alex Ferguson made at Manchester United. His arrival was one of the many pieces he put into place at the club to build toward a bright future after he left.
But the Londoner failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford. Fergie left, leaving Zaha in the hands of David Moyes. Unfortunately for Zaha the former Everton boss held a torch for Adnan Januzaj and Zaha failed to take advantage of his fleeting chances when they arrived. A loan spell to Cardiff City followed but Zaha simply never became part of the furniture at Manchester United. Like an unpacked box from a removal van, he never got moved in.
With playing time at a minimum he was loaned out to former club Crystal Palace, where he has been a real hit this season. Now back at his beloved Selhurst Park he looked to be finding his best form once again.
So much so that Palace agreed to bring him back permanently this month. Zaha signed a five-and-a-half year deal back with The Eagles in what BBC Sport reported was a £3 million move, quite a considerable loss from the Red Devils.
One man who has now declared himself delighted with that deal is Palace chairman Steve Parish. Not only has he lined the club coffers thanks to Zaha and United he is pleased to see a top talent back at Selhurst Park. In his programme notes for the midweek tie with Newcastle United, as shared on Sports Lobster, he stated:
"We were delighted to also strike a deal to ensure Wilfried Zaha remains a Palace player. We were sad to see him depart, but thrilled for Wilfried when he made the step up to Manchester United two years ago but unfortunately things didn’t work out for him there.
"It’s brilliant to see him back enjoying his football again with us in the Premier League...Having got in the England squad when we were in the Championship, there’s no reason why he can’t do so again in the top-flight."
So Parish is optimistic of Zaha's chances for England. The Ivorian-born attacker made his England debut against Sweden in November 2012 whilst still a Championship player, coming on for fellow debutant Raheem Sterling.
Since that game he and the Liverpool forward have gone along different paths, but Zaha will hope to rejoin him now he is back at Palace.