Wilfried Zaha has admitted that his head was all over the place after failing to secure a big move away from Crystal Palace in the summer. The Ivory Coast international was linked with a move to Arsenal and Everton but Palace stood firm on keeping the player.
Zaha who signed a five-year-contract worth £130,000-a-week last year was supposedly coerced to continue at the club under Roy Hodgson.
However, with the Eagles currently sitting 6th on the log, he stated that his respect for the manager, teammates, and fans enabled him to look past the disappointment and come up with impressive performances.
“I had to put my head down and play my football,” Zaha told BBC Africa. “I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly.
“I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my team-mates to treat them that way. It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’.
“I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that.”