While Roy Hodgson’s side may not be one of the most entertaining outfits in the Premier League, they do have a forward with world-class talent in his twinkling toes.
There is a reason why Zaha is valued at a staggering £80 million and the Ivory Coast international has proved as much in two games against Palace’s bitter rivals this season.
The enigmatic winger grabbed a point for the Eagles with a scorching drive in December’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park before running Graham Potter’s defence ragged as Palace triumphed 1-0 in the reverse fixture on Saturday.
And Mayo, who played over 400 games for Brighton between 1995 and 2009, wishes the relegation-threatened Seagulls had a player with Zaha’s game-changing ability in their ranks.
"I don't think there's anybody there (at the Amex) that you could honestly say could take the game, with a moment of magic, and take it by the scruff of the neck,” Mayo says.
“Wilf Zaha is something else, it pains for me to say it as a Crystal Palace player but he's a great player. I think he's a top 10 player in the country and Palace you know, they've done a great job keeping him.”
An attacking midfielder with skill and vision in abundance, MacAllister arrived on the South Coast in February after a loan spell at Boca Juniors but he is yet to make his long-awaited debut.
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