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Zaha Wants To Reignite United Buzz Whilst Back At Palace

Having made his long-awaited return to Selhurst Park on Saturday against Burnley, Wilfried Zaha has spoken of his desperation to get his career back on track after a year in the cold at Old Trafford.

With many Palace fans being hopeful that Zaha is now back in SE25 for good, the winger’s words will come as somewhat of a disappointment, but after just two weeks back “home”, it’s understandable that on a personal level, Wilf would still hold ambitions of succeeding in Manchester.

He said:

“I signed for a couple of years at United so the goal is to do my best here for the season and go back and make sure I get back into the team and the England set-up.

“It is just great to be playing again. There is nothing like being out on the pitch and the crowd singing your name.

“It was a bit ­frustrating. What am I doing if I am not playing?

“I know how everything works here and the gaffer just wants to give me game-time and wants me to improve so I am just glad I am back.”

“Sir Alex Ferguson was the person who bought me. He left and people have different points of views on players.

“I thought about leaving a while. Then I thought: ‘Let’s stay and prove how I can play to the new manager’. He felt it was best for me to go on loan and it was best for me to come home.”

After Louis Van Gaal embarked on an almost unprecedented spending spree over the summer, with the likes of Falcao, Di Maria and Blind having arrived at United, there are obvious questions from a neutral perspective, over whether Wilf will ever have what it takes to better their output in the eyes of the masses, not that he will necessarily feel the same way.

Given United’s obvious comfort over a move which saw Zaha return to Palace, alongside the fact that their new recruits now begin to be finding their feet in the Premier League, it seems unlikely that he will be viewed as a vital member of United’s squad at any point, and with a fee having already been supposedly on a permanent basis this summer, it feels as though these comments have a great deal of wishful thinking attached to them on Zaha’s part.

Between now and May, all that matters is what he does in a Palace shirt, everything else remains the stuff of pure conjecture.

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It’s Nearly Over! Tom Ince Agrees Contract With Hull City

It seems that the Tom Ince saga is finally reaching a conclusion, with the winger having turned down the chance of moving Inter Milan in favour of, err, Hull City.

Whilst it may not be everyone’s preferred career path, the former Blackpool man appears to have set his heart on a move to the KC Stadium, where he will be greeted by the loving (if slightly chubby) arms of Steve Bruce and added to the club’s ever-more bloated wage bill.

Despite his controversial attempt to change Hull’s name last season, chairman Assem Alam is clearly keen to spread his wealth around this summer, with Ince looking to be the latest willing recipient of the Egyptian’s riches, after a contract between the two parties was agreed last night.

All that remains now, is for a compensation fee to be paid to Blackpool for Ince, which could well prove to be far from a formality. The Tangerines are likely to ask the tribunal to consider a figure of £8 million, based largely on the amount we paid them for the winger’s five month loan deal. Whether or not Hull will be willing to pay that much remains to be seen.

From our perspective, I can’t say I’m that sad to see him move on. Although he unquestionably has the ability to score a few goals and grab an assist here and there, he is far from the finished article so many casual observers would have you believe.

Arguably the biggest drawback to his game remains his upper-body strength, as proven by the frequency with which he was casually shouldered off the ball by opponents last season.

Should he spend some serious time in the gym over the next six months, Hull could well have a very useful player on their hands, but at £8 million, I don’t think there will be many Palace fans who are unhappy at missing out.

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