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Crystal Palace boss Holloway: I’ve never seen a player like Zaha

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. Photo: PA Wire Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. Photo: PA Wire

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7:57 AM

New Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has lavished praise on Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle United and Manchester City target Wilfried Zaha.

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The brilliant winger was in devastating form for the Eagles as they thrashed Ipswich Town 5-0 in Holloway’s first game in charge at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night.

Yannick Bolasie and Andre Moritz scored either side of a rapid-fire Glenn Murray hat-trick as Palace went top of the Championship and extended their unbeaten run to 12 games.

19-year-old Zaha was a constant menace to the visitors, his breathtaking skill and intelligence showing yet again why a host of top Premier League clubs are reportedly chasing his signature.

The England under-21 international has been valued at a whopping £20million by his club, and Holloway - who took over from Dougie Freedman at Selhurst Park this week - can understand why.

“God knows how good this boy is ever going to be, I really don’t know,” said Holloway.

The former Blackpool boss went on to describe him as a “joy”, suggesting he is the most talented player he has ever worked with.

“I have never seen anything like the things he does, it’s just a joy,” he said.

“I want to give him another ball so I can see him with a ball all the time. It’s just great.”

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