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Exclusive: Nigel Martyn lauds 'dangerous' Palace star

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Former Crystal Palace and Leeds glovesman Nigel Martyn has been speaking exclusively to We Are Palace about Wilfried Zaha.

The Eagles managed to get the better of Marcelo Bielsa’s side at the weekend, sticking four goals past them to record their biggest win of the season so far.

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When asked which player stood out for him, Martyn said: ‘(Wilfried) Zaha, he’s such a good player, he’s so dangerous.

“He is their spark, their threat. I think it may have been for the deflected goal, he actually had a really good bit of play. He was teasing (Luke) Ayling for a little while and then he’s played a great ball in behind.

‘It’s almost that sort of mental torture, he’s that clever on the ball and he’s hurting you that much, you just know you’re in for a tough day and he’s capable of that.’

Martyn has hit the nail on the head here.

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Crystal Palace’s talisman had Ayling right where he wanted him at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Zaha turned the man who cost Leeds £250,000 (Yorkshire Evening Post) inside out in the build-up to Helder Costa’s own goal, before slotting a perfectly weighted through-ball into Patrick van Aanholt’s path.

The Ivory Coast international also grabbed the assist for Jordan Ayew’s goal.

Statistically, SofaScore shows that Zaha made three key passes against Bielsa’s men, and was fouled five times by the Yorkshire-based outfit.

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It was yet another brilliant display from the former Manchester United attacker, who now has five goals and two assists in eight Premier League appearances this season.

Fascinatingly, the 28-year-old has also now matched his total goal involvements from last season. Zaha only netted four goals and assisted three more in 38 appearances last term.

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