Wilfried Zaha: Winger 'committed' after staying, says Roy Hodgson

Florence Fletcher
August 12, 2019

Despite handing in a transfer request and being relieved from training on deadline day, the Crystal Palace fans cheered Zaha's introduction after chanting his name throughout a forgettable contest.

If Everton can't find a way to beat sides like Palace away from home this season, then they've got little hope of breaking into that top echelon of the Premier League.

Roy Hodgson admitted events last week contributed to his decision to hold Zaha back on the bench, with the player having been told to stay at home on Thursday. And has urged the fans to get behind their star man.

"You can't control fans' reactions".

"It is a big thing for any player to feel that rush from the fans", Sidibe told his new club's official website.

"But whatever happens, Wilf will have to deal with that, just as he has had to deal with his disappointment over the last few days".

On whether he expected any similar behaviour from Zaha, he said: "No, I trust him totally". I'm expecting Wilf to go out and do what he has done during the two years that I have been here.

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"Because there is no question that he has any disrespect for myself, the staff, the players and the coaches, not at all".

"If you listen to Marco Silva's press conference and read between the lines you'll see how unhappy he has been from what eventually transpired from a window in which Everton spent a lot of money, I have them at about £110m spending gross".

"The outcome he wanted was to be sold and to leave the club", said Hodgson. "I am sure he will bring his straw to the water to help us have a good season".

Despite Wilfried Zaha's failed attempt, there are speculations the forward could still head to a European club.

And that could pave the way for Chelsea FC to make a move to try and sign Zaha in January if their transfer ban is overturned.

However, Hodgson does not believe the club are vulnerable to a bid from clubs in Europe before their transfer windows closes.

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