Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie explains why he works so well with Glenn Murray and Wilfried Zaha

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Bolasie, Murray and Zaha have been instrumental in Crystal Palace’s rise to safety.

Speaking to the Croydon Guardian, 25-year-old winger Bolasie has revealed the secrets behind the success of his partnership with Murray and Zaha.

The Congolese international said: “We just clicked from the first day I played with Glenn and Wilf. There was just a good understanding from then. The team were really confident and the three of us knew there was a good connection there.”

This instinctive understanding between the trio has been vital to Palace since Alan Pardew’s appointment at Selhurst Park. His arrival as head coach has coincided with the Eagles best form of the campaign, and with 10 wins in 17 games he has taken much of the credit.

However, it is not just the win ratio which is pleasing, it is the fact that the former Palace midfielder has brought attacking play to Selhurst Park, allowing the creative players in the Eagles ranks to flourish.

Bolasie and Zaha have been the two beneficiaries of this freedom, as they are gifted the ball in the wide positions and are allowed to run riot in the final third. This in turn creates space for Glenn Murray, who after being exiled from the club by Neil Warnock, is showing the same goalscoring form that fired Palace to the Premier League two years ago.

The trio have netted 13 goals between them this term, and have largely been behind the rise into 12th place in recent weeks.

Should they keep up their incredible form into next season, there is just no knowing how high up the Premier League table Palace can move.

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