Crystal Palace’s reliance on Wilfried Zaha highlighted in hard fought draw with West Ham

Crystal Palace's reliance on Wilfried Zaha highlighted in hard fought draw with West Ham

Even as he tried to convince his post-match press conference audience that he now has riches in attack at his disposal, Roy Hodgson was undermined by the irrefutable truth that his Crystal Palace side still needed Wilfried Zaha to secure their point against West Ham.

Of course, Hodgson will be proved right if Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew, new loan signing Michy Batshuayi and Connor Wickham re-discover their scoring prowess.

Trouble is, it doesn’t appear that will happen any time soon. Benteke was insipid once more against West Ham, while Batshuayi missed an easier chance to equalise than Zaha converted, albeit with the help of a deflection.

Only Benteke can match Zaha in terms of Premier League goals per game over the past three seasons, yet 15 of the Belgian’s 18 goals for Palace came in his first season at Selhurst Park.

Since then, he has managed just three goals in his last 38 Premier League games, thereby undermining Hodgson’s contention that he has a positive selection conundrum up front.

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