Townsend tips Zaha to leave Palace
Andros Townsend has backed Wilfried Zaha to leave Crystal Palace next summer if he maintains his impressive start to the season.
The winger has five goals in six appearances so far this campaign for the Eagles, having bounced back following the disappointment of failing to secure a Selhurst Park exit for the second summer running.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson and Zaha, who continues to be linked with Everton, have made no secret of the Ivory Coast international’s desire to join a bigger club.
And his team-mate Townsend has backed the 27-year-old to finally get his wish if he scores 15-20 goals this season when speaking on TalkSPORT.
“I think Wilf and the manager have made no secret that Wilf wanted to move this window.
“It’s not like he doesn’t like Crystal Palace or he has fallen out of love. He just believes that he was destined for bigger things, which I agree with.
“But when the transfer doesn’t happen, for whatever reason, he now obviously still loves Crystal Palace, he still wants to do his best and we are seeing this season that he is playing a more advanced role. I think he’s not our only option this season.
“There are others we can play, which is allowing him to get on the ball and get 1 v 1, as supposed to last season where he was going 1 v 2, 1 v 3 or 1 v 4. And this season, he is flourishing. Long may it continue for us. If he does get 15-20 goals, like he is on course for, I am sure he will get his move.”