Andros Townsend says Wilfried Zaha “should be playing in the Champions League”, with it his belief that the Crystal Palace winger is capable of starring for the “very best in the world”.
Zaha has carved out a reputation as one of the best homegrown players in the Premier League since rejoining Palace on a permanent basis from Manchester United in 2015.
The Ivory Coast international failed to make the grade during a two-year spell on the books at Old Trafford, but has managed to rebuild his confidence in familiar surroundings.
Townsend believes his team-mate belongs on Europe’s biggest stage, but is still holding out hope that he will remain with Palace for at least one more year.
“Wilfried Zaha could play for the very best in the world,” the Eagles attacker told talkSPORT.
“He’s the most talented player I’ve ever played with and he should be playing in the Champions League.
“I’m very grateful that we have him at Palace, everyone at the club is grateful, and if we have him beyond this window we’d be even more grateful!
“If that’s the case I’m sure he’ll knuckle down and have another great season.
“He deserves to be playing at the highest level, but as long as he’s a Palace player and I’m hopeful it does continue beyond this window, we’re grateful and delighted to have him.”
Source: News update