WILFRIED ZAHA is fast establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s leading lights.
They say that stats never lie – and this is certainly the case for the Ivorian international, who looks absolutely crucial to Crystal Palace’s chances this season.
When did Crystal Palace last win a game without Wilfried Zaha?
ZAHA has emerged as Palace’s main threat since his return to the club in 2015.
He had initially left to join Manchester United in a £10million deal, but his time at Old Trafford featured just four times.
Still only 25, Zaha has netted 11 times in his last 32 games and despite attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs in the world has signed a bumper new deal at Selhurst.
And his importance to Palace is demonstrated by the stunning stats that accompany his absence, should he miss any games through injury or suspension.
Since the start of the 2017/18 season, Palace have played eleven Premier League games without Zaha – and lost every single one.
With him in the team, they have won 12, drawn 11 and lost just 8 of the remaining 31.
As of September 14 and their trip to face Huddersfield, you have to go back all the way to September 2016 for the last time that Palace won a game when Zaha was missing.
They beat Sunderland 3-2 at the Stadium of Light on September 24 thanks to goals from Joe Ledley, Christian Benteke and James McArthur.
Was Roy Hodgson in charge?
THAT win was before the reign of the current boss Hodgson, who took over in September 2017.
Alan Pardew was still the manager when Palace picked up that win over Sunderland – and there was even time for Sam Allardyce and Frank de Boer to take charge in between.