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By Nick Wright at Selhurst Park
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has hailed the ever-improving Wilfried Zaha after the gifted youngster hit a superb brace in the Eagles’ 4-3 win over Burnley.
Just four days after scoring a match-winning double against Wolves, the England Under-21 international blasted two goals either side of half-time as in-form Palace came from behind to beat Burnley.
The exciting 19-year-old showcased his pace, composure and deadly finishing ability to pull Palace level from 2-0 down, before Damien Delaney and Glenn Murray extended the Eagles’ lead.
The win lifts Palace to 4th in the Championship table and extends their unbeaten run to seven games.
Zaha has been influential in recent weeks and Freedman says the key to his scintillating form is that he has improved his off the ball movement to match his natural skill and technique.
“If you can get into the right positions, you’ve [won] half the battle,” said Freedman.
“And Wilfried is now starting to get into those positions.
“He’s always had wonderful technique and he’s always been a decent finisher.
“But, as I say, he’s now getting into positions which allow him to get strikes on goal.
“I think he’s had four or five strikes [today]. We would like to see them all go in but the key to it is to get into the positions.
“I think that’s full credit to the kid because it shows you that he’s working at his game.”
Zaha has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs in recent months, including the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham, but Freedman believes Selhurst Park is the perfect place for him to continue his development.
“He’s got huge potential and I think this is the best place to fulfil it,” he said.