It has been a rather exciting last year or so for Palace who have seen a new manager arrive at the helm and clearly put his mark on the side immediately by bringing in young and hungry players wanting to prove themselves such as Marc Guehi and Conor Gallagher, although the latter was just on loan.
This is coupled with the fact a whole load of players well over the age of 30 departed last summer, although a more high-profile exit of Zaha never occurred and with just 12 months left on his contract, his future at Palace is very much up in the air.
Cook believes that there’s an elephant in the room when it comes to Zaha’s future.
Will Zaha leave this summer?
“I think there’s an elephant in the room in relation to Wilfried Zaha. Of course, he is coming towards the final 12 months of his contract now and he’s not, at the moment, looking like he’s imminently going to be putting pen to paper on a new deal.
“That, in itself, is something that is going to concern Crystal Palace fans in the back of their minds and certainly something to keep an eye on across this summer.”
TIF Thoughts on Zaha’s future…
The Ivory Coast international has been a tremendous servant for the Eagles during his many years at Selhurst Park and is currently the club’s all-time top scorer and appearance maker in the Premier League, so if he was to depart this or next summer, things would be very different.
Zaha is now set to turn 30 years old later this year, so this summer could be his very final chance of securing a move away from Palace and to a side closer and more able of challenging for the European spots and silverware, so the winger could well attempt to force his way out of the cub before his last chance at glory goes by.