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Ian Holloway: Wilfried Zaha needs to play better than ever for Crystal Palace

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ON Monday, I was sitting in my hotel near Stoke watching Sky Sports News and it comes up that Arsenal and Manchester United are fighting over Wilfried Zaha, and I don't understand what's going on – I'm sure I would do.

We're all sitting there and we don't know nothing about it.

We're not considering anything at the moment because we're not in the driving seat. I mentioned on the Footballers' Football Show last week that my chairman had held one or two conversations with interested clubs, but it's gone no further than that since.

The most important thing for Wilfried is that he plays well for us, because they'll be watching him now and they'll be seeing what they think and how much he might be worth.

I strongly suggest to him that he plays better than he's played ever, that's the important thing.

I might want to sell my house, but no one might buy it because I might over-value it. Then again, if you get an offer for it and you don't want to sell it, then it isn't going to be sold, is it?

Unfortunately, we're talking about a human being here, who is on a four-year contract, so people can like him all they like, but he belongs to us.

At the end of the day, and before all of this talk, he had to play for us, and even during all of this talk, he has to play for us.

I've never experienced all of this with someone as young as Wilf. The one I had was Barry Hayles and it all got a bit ridiculous.

The other one was Jason Roberts and Jamie Cureton when they were a lot younger. This, now, is because of the way the media is these days, and according to them, we're just a one-player team.

At the end of the day, it's all about dealing with it.

In terms of players coming into the club, I put a tentative enquiry in about Peterborough United's George Boyd. I asked the question to them, but what they wanted wasn't right, so we won't be bringing him to Palace.

It's all about the valuation, his wages and about fitting him in the squad somewhere.

I'm hoping by the time this column has been printed, we've managed to get one Premier League player on loan. It's in a position where we're a bit short because KG has gone at the moment. And I was considering swapping David Wright and bringing in a youngster on loan in his place.

Hopefully that has now been revealed, but at the time I wrote this, I didn't want to say anything.

I think we'll be looking to have up to four or five players by the end of the transfer window.

Alex Nimely came on for his debut at Burnley and he's someone I've been trying to take for a while. I saw how well he did at Coventry City last season and I just wanted a chance to work with him. He gives us options.

Ian Holloway: Wilfried Zaha needs to play better than ever for Crystal Palace


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