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WILFRIED ZAHA
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UPDATED 04:02 2nd June 2016


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Since returning to Palace in January 2015 from from Manchester United in January 2015, Zaha has sparkled in the Premier League and was named Palace's Player of the Season for 2015/16 as he scored sme vital goals on the club's run to the 2016 FA Cup final.


Born in the Ivory Coast, Zaha’s affinity with Palace began at an early age when his family moved to Thornton Heath, and was snapped up by the Eagles academy as a 12-year-old.


Zaha progressed impressively through the youth set-up and was handed his first-team debut, aged 17, in the 2-1 home defeat to Cardiff in March 2010, before signing his maiden professional deal the following month.


The start of the following season saw Zaha mark first start in red and blue with his first professional goal, hitting the opener in a 3-2 victory over Leicester City in August 2010, and he would rack up a further 43 appearances in all competitions during the 2010/11 season.


The following campaign under Dougie Freedman saw hit nine goals from the wide areas – including Palace’s equaliser in the 3-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion – as his reputation began to rise.


Zaha started the 2012/13 season in a similar vein of form, hitting back-to-back braces in October victories over Wolves and Burnley to attract attention of national team boss Roy Hodgson, who handed Zaha his international bow as a substitute in the 3-2 defeat to Sweden the following month - one of two caps he has won for the Three Lions.


By January 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United came calling and clinched his signature for a club-record sale, but United agreed to loan Zaha back to Palace for the remainder of their promotion push and Zaha said goodbye by firing in two memorable goals against Brighton to send the Eagles soaring into the final – where his trickery won the extra-time penalty against Watford that Kevin Phillips converted to send Palace into the top-flight.


Zaha found chances at United hard to come by and featured in just three Premier League games, prompting him to seek first-team football with a loan move to Cardiff but he couldn't prevent them slipping into the Championship.


However after making a sensational return to SE25 on loan in August 2014, he marked his second debut with a last-minute equaliser against Newcastle United before putting pen to paper on a permanent deal the following January, and he has since moved into the club's top 50 all-time appearance holders.