Pardew wants Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha to step it up

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha hasn't been firing on all cylinders so far this season.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has commented on Wilfried Zaha’s form and is looking for a positive response from his winger, the Mirror report.

The former Manchester United man has been fairly average in the early stages of the current campaign, being directly involved in just one goal in seven Premier League outings.

Asked about his form, Pardew says there aren’t many better than Zaha at going past opposing full-backs, but admitted there are other areas in which he is looking for an improvement.

“Going past people and making something happen - that's always going to be Wilf's nine-out-of-ten. There are not many players in the country that are quite as good as him at taking somebody on,” Pardew said.

"I look at Eden Hazard at the minute at Chelsea and suggest that maybe he needs a nudge. They just sometimes need a little bit of a wake-up call about everything to do with football - it isn't just the offensive side."

Competition for places:

Zaha started every game for Palace in the opening stages of the campaign but, following a disappointing performance against Manchester City, he dropped to the bench for the ensuing 1-0 win at Watford.

While his displays haven’t exactly lit up Selhurst Park, the same can’t be said of new recruit Bakary Sako, as the French-born Mali international has suddenly become the team’s most dangerous outlet.

The former Wolves man has been superb since joining the club, contributing to three goals in five games and taking the more direct route to goal with a team-high average of 3.8 shots per league encounter.

While Zaha may still be a young prodigy in South London, his place in the Eagles’ starting XI is certainly no longer guaranteed.

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