- Zaha moves to third in Africa's list of players with the most appearances in the Premier League. He is now tied with Kanu Nwankwo on 273 appearances
- Only vastly experienced defender Kolo Toure and former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi have played more games than Zaha
- The Ivorian attacker has been a key figure for Crystal Palace since joining the Eagles in 2015
Wilfried Zaha has moved third in Africa’s list of the most-capped players in the Premier League. Zaha’s appearance against Leeds United was his 273rd in the top-flight of English football.
He is now tied with Nigerian legend Kanu Nwankwo. Only Kolo Toure and Shola Ameobi have more appearances than the duo. The latter has 353 while Shola Ameobi has 298 to his name.
Kolo Toure bagged his appearances during a long fruitful career with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City. He was part of Arsenal’s invincible squad that went the whole Premier League season unbeaten in 2004. He also has the Africa Cup of Nations medal after winning it with Ivory Coast in 2015.
Shola Ameobi on the other hand predominantly turned out for Newcastle. The Nigerian striker scored 53 goals for the Magpies.
Crystal Palace played out to an entertaining goalless draw with Leeds United at Selhurst Park. The visitors extended their unbeaten streak under new manager Jesse Marsch to five games. They are still not out of the woods completely. ‘The Whites’ have a five-point cushion in the relegation battle.
Palace meanwhile have been blowing hot and cold this season under former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Viera. Zaha has been their go-to man for goal returns, The Ivorian has 11 goals this season in the Premier League.
Zaha’s appearances in the Premier League have oscillated between Crystal Palace, Manchester United and a loan spell at Cardiff City. The 29-year old is also fourth on Crystal Palace’s all-time appearances list.
Albert Harry, Terry Long and Jim Cannon are the only players to have played more games for the Eagles than him.
Palace could listen to offers for Zaha
The Daily Mail reports that Crystal Palace could be tempted to listen to offers for the attacker this summer. There’s a strong belief that the Patrick Viera side can now cope without Zaha after the emergence of exciting talents like Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise.
The former Manchester United player failed in his attempts to force a move away from the club in 2019. The valuation fee of 80 million euros that Palace had set on his head wasn’t met by any club.
Zaha's player profile
Sports Brief recently did a player profile on Zaha who was born in Abidjan. He is thought to be worth 30 million US dollars. He is currently on a weekly wage of 130,000 euros at Crystal Palace.
Zaha and his girlfriend Paige Bannister have a young daughter whom they named Saint Zaha.