Huddersfield boss praises Arsenal, Spurs & Man Utd target after wonder goal

07:30 24 December 2012

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

EMPICS Sport

Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson described Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha as “the hottest property in the Championship” after he struck a stunning goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

The 20-year-old collected a gorgeous backheeled flick from Palace team-mate Yannick Bolasie and smashed a rasping shot in off the underside of the crossbar to give the Eagles a first half lead.

An error from Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni gifted the Terriers an equaliser after 75 minutes as both sides ended the game with 10 men after referee Graham Scott showed two straight red cards.

Zaha has been tipped big money move to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United among the clubs rumoured to be considering January bids.

And Grayson was impressed by the England youngster. He said: “You know that Zaha has got that in his locker.

“He’s obviously been touted as being the hottest property in the Championship and people are watching him.

“We were aware that our full backs had to play well against him and Bolasie because they’re good players.

“It was a good goal from their point of view,” he added.

Grayson was relieved to grab the equaliser but quick to defend Palace stopper Speroni, who let Keith Southern’s tame shot roll through his legs for Huddersfield’s goal having previously made a string of stunning saves.

“Goalkeepers can have fantastic days and then make a mistake,” he said.

“I thought he made some fantastic saves in the first half but I think Jermaine [Beckford] distracted him a little bit [for the goal] and it’s gone through his legs.

“I’m sure he’ll he disappointed but that’s the risk that goalkeepers run sometimes.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crystal Palace news

Alessio Romagnoli of AS Roma (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

It has been another busy day in the transfer market for the London clubs. Here are the top stories.

The Arsenal players celebrate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal on Sunday. Will he be joining Palace's Wayne Hennessey, Swansea's Kyle Naughton, Southampton's Matt Targett and Villa's Scott Sinclair in your Fantasy Premier League side? (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Having problems making that £100m Fantasy Premier League kitty stretch? Then read the second of our fantasy football season previews where we’ve picked five cheap starters for gameweek 1 who are all owned than less than 7% of players.

Charlie Austin of QPR celebrates (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Former Newcastle and West Ham midfielder Lee Bowyer believes Charlie Austin should move to St James’s Park this summer.

Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace is tackled by Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Yannick Bolasie has tweeted his excitement ahead of Crystal Palace’s new season, a move which has gone down well with their fans.

Max Gradel of AS Saint-Etienne  (Photo by Jean Phillippe Ksiazek/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Bournemouth have beaten West Ham and Crystal Palace to the signing of Max Gradel from St Etienne for an undisclosed fee.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could be zooming around a track of your choice!

Are you a competitive adrenaline junkie with a need for speed? Or looking for a fun family day out?

Read more
Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more