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Wilfried Zaha




Date of birth



Wilfried Zaha’s connection with the club began when he joined the club’s Academy at just 12-years- old.

READ MORE: Portrait of an Icon: The making of Wilfried Zaha

His hard work through his teens was rewarded when he earned his first-team debut at just 17 in March, 2010, against Cardiff City - a month before signing a first professional contract.  

The Palace icon’s first senior goal came at the start of the following season when he scored against Leicester City – a match which also marked his first start for the club.

In November, 2012, the winger received international recognition when Roy Hodgson handed him his first international call-up, making an appearance as a substitute in the 3-2 defeat to Sweden the following month - one of two non-competitive caps he won for England.

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By January, 2013, he joined Manchester United but was immediately loaned back for the remainder of the season which culminated in victory over Watford in the play-off final, following Zaha’s wonderful brace v Brighton & Hove Albion in the semi-final second leg.

Zaha returned permanently during the mid-season transfer window of 2015 and has never looked back, winning Player of the Season for three consecutive seasons as well as registering his best individual goals total of 10 in the 2018/19 campaign.

READ MORE: Zaha's top images from club photographer Sebastian Frej

Signed from Trainee, March 27, 2010, Manchester United (loan), 25/1/2013, Manchester United (loan), 28/8/2014, & Manchester United (permanent), 2/2/2015.
Debut v Cardiff City (H) 27/3/2010.
Managers at Palace Paul Hart, George Burley, Dougie Freedman, Lennie Lawrence, Curtis Fleming, Ian Holloway, Neil Warnock,  Keith Millen, Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce, Frank de Boer, Roy Hodgson.
Appearances 370
Goals 58
International caps England (2), Ivory Coast (17)

Statistics correct as of Wednesday 2nd December, 2020.

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