Roy Hodgson seemed unfazed by renewed speculation about the future of Wilfried Zaha, praising the form and temperament of the striker ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United at Selhurst Park. This season, Zaha has scored 8 goals in 14 appearances for the Eagles, with Paris St Germain and AC Milan the latest clubs linked to the 28-year-big-money old’s move.
Hodgson said, “Wilf is good and I’m not surprised there are clubs who would like to sign him, but before a player leaves a club there are a lot of things that need to be sorted out. I’m just happy at the moment that Wilf is playing the way he is, showing his discipline and concentration and passion for soccer and the club, and until I have reason to think otherwise, I expect that to continue. ” “Our squad is good at the moment and I’m happy with it,” Hodgson said. “It’s a full squad with no particular gaps to fill. So if anything happens it will be on the basis of some players leaving us. When that moment comes I’m sure it will be a reason to sit down and talk about it, but there’s no point talking about these things at the moment. “Palace eased the pressure on Hodgson’s shoulders with a 1-1 draw against Leii after heavy losses to Liverpool and Aston Villa. Despite the increasingly gloomy outlook due to recent fixture postponements at Manchester City and Fulham, Hodgson sees no need to buy into the idea of a “break in play” mid-season. “As far as I’m concerned, we’re controlled by the Premier League, which has put a lot of protocols in place, and they’ve done an extremely good job of keeping soccer going through this pandemic so far,” he said. “There’s a lot of protocols in place,” he said. For the game against Sheffield United, Hodgson has confirmed no new injury problems, but defender Gary Cahill will be out again with the hamstring injury he picked up against Aston Villa.