Alan Pardew names Crystal Palace's best player of 2016

Wilfried Zaha has been forced to step up for Crystal Palace.

Alan Pardew says that Wilfried Zaha has been Crystal Palace’s best player since the start of 2016.

Palace have failed to win any of their last 11 Premier League matches, but Zaha has still managed to catch his manager’s eye.

The young winger has looked the Eagles’ biggest threat going forward, and his good form has reportedly attracted the attention of foreign clubs.

The Sun claim that Zaha is of interest to a number of Chinese clubs, who are looking to buy him for £15 million.

However, Pardew feels that Zaha would be foolish to leave Selhurst Park, as that switch would not benefit his career.

Zaha has been handed increased responsibility in recent weeks, due to Yannick Bolasie’s injury problem.

Bolasie, who usually is Palace’s main source of creativity, has only recently returned from injury, to take some of the weight of Zaha’s shoulders.

Zaha has made 33 appearances for Palace this season, and he has managed to score five times.

Palace are currently in 14th place in the Premier League table, with their next match coming against Liverpool on Sunday.

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