‘He can dribble and beat people’- Crystal Palace's Hodgson lauds Zaha’s ability

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The Eagles gaffer has praised the skillset of the 24-year-old and look forward to seeing him play his part after recovering from a knee problem

Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson has lauded Wilfried Zaha for his ability to change outcome of games.

The Cote d'Ivoire international is back from the knee injury that sidelined since the start of the season and is likely to feature in the clash against Chelsea on Saturday.

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And the English tactician is confident of the player’s ability but cautioned fans not to expect too much from him after just returning from the treatment table.

“He has got the X Factor,” Hodgson told the Mirror.

“He can dribble and beat people, which not every player in the league is capable of doing.

“Most of all he has a special place in the hearts and minds of the Crystal Palace supporters. I think they will feel more comfortable now that he is back believing he is the type of person who, with his ability, can change a game and turn a defeat into a draw or a draw into a victory.

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“There is a big psychological factor with him coming back and being able to play again," he added.

“I’d rather urge people to give him the benefit of the doubt in the first game or two he plays back.

“He’s been out for six weeks and has done ever so well to be back in this time. So to expect him to be in the form he was in before the injury is a tough ask. But who knows?”

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