Search

Stoke boss heaps praise on in-demand Zaha after Crystal Palace stalemate

09:45 06 January 2013

Wilfried Zaha gets away from Stoke

Wilfried Zaha gets away from Stoke's Robert Huth. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA

Tony Pulis was hugely impressed by Wilfried Zaha in Stoke’s goalless FA Cup third round draw with Crystal Palace yesterday.

Zaha has been touted for a big money move to the Premier League this month, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all reportedly interested.

The 20-year-old England star was in dangerous form at Selhurst Park, drawing one acrobatic save from Potters goalkeeper Thomas Sorenson with a stinging drive before hobbling off with a minor knock shortly after the break.

Pulis was full of praise for the speedy, skilful youngster after the match, describing him as a “top, top player”.

“He looks a terrific player,” he said. “He’s got great feet.

“Like all great players and top players, his balance is wonderful.

“He can go off either side and he shifts people without even touching the ball.

“He’s a top, top player.”

The Eagles are desperate to keep hold of Zaha until the end of the season as they chase promotion to the Premier League and by playing him yesterday, it means that the forward is now cup tied.

There was good news for Eagles fans as well after manager Ian Holloway said he will be available for their trip to Burnley this weekend despite limping off against the Potters.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

05:00
Harry Kane. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino may hand Harry Kane his first Premier League start of the season at Aston Villa, but it would be nothing to do with the pressure from the supporters.

Eric Dier

Eric Dier admits it has been a steep learning curve in the Premier League and that he has made mistakes – but the 20-year-old is thrilled to have been so heavily involved for Tottenham since his arrival.

Jan Vertonghen (right) in action against Brighton at White Hart Lane last night

Lifting the Capital One Cup could be the key to unlocking Tottenham’s potential, giving them a winning mentality and providing the spark that takes the club on to bigger things, according to Jan Vertonghen.

Thu, 09:00
Nils Mordt in action for Saracens. Pic by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Nils Mordt is looking forward to taking to the field with Saracens’ young stars as they kick off their LV= Cup campaign with a London derby against Harlequins on Sunday.

Most read sport

“Space is hard and today was a tough day.”

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition