Roy Hodgson's long-term Palace system must revolve around in-form star man Wilfried Zaha

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace speaks to the media during a Press Conference at the Crystal Palace Training Ground on September 15, 2017 in Beckenham, England.

Wilfried Zaha's best performances have come from the left this season and so his manager should be looking at a permanent posting on that side.

Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace celebrates after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace were handed a serious boost in their Premier League survival bid on Tuesday night with a stunning late turnaround to beat Watford at Selhurst Park.

Goals in the 89th and 92nd minutes earned three vital points and Wilfried Zaha was at the core of both strikes.

Zaha has spent time playing in an unorthodox role up front this season in Christian Benteke's absence - and the Belgian has hardly shone since returning to the team.

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2017 in London, England.

This has caused Roy Hodgson to now momentarily settle on a system in which Zaha is tasked with assisting Benteke in more of a free role as he seems to acknowledge that the performances of the natural wide man are key.

Yet the Ivory Coast international, while thriving on the responsibility of being the main man, may be better suited to a permanent posting on the left-hand side.

Hodgson churned through a number of formations in Tuesday's win before arriving at one which secured success and that depended on the threat of Zaha on the flank, running at Daryl Janmaat on either foot.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace before the start of the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on December 2, 2017 in West Bromwich,...

Palace's front line options are not great - there is little beyond Benteke - but if their star man performs best on the left then surely they must prioritise a system that suits him.

Posting Zaha out wide need not limit his influence - note Richarlison's starring role for opponents Watford - and instead allows him to isolate full backs like Janmaat.

Whatever Hodgson's decision on a long-term solution - for there is a long way to go in this season - he must ensure Zaha is given every opportunity to maintain his best form.

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