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ZAHA is named Player of Year

May 9 2018

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace winger WILFRIED ZAHA has won the 2017/18 Player of the Year award.

The Ivory Coast international has played an integral role in helping Palace secure their Premier League status for a sixth successive campaign.

He has found the net eight times – behind 10-goal top scorer Luka Milivojevic – and has assisted on three occasions this term.

The same day, ZAHA saw off Premier League competition to win April's EA SPORTS Player of the Month award for the first time.

Collecting the top-player award for a third straight season from manager Roy Hodgson, the 25-year-old said: "The team has helped me massively, and the fans too.

"We have gone through some rough periods and they have supported us throughout everything, so I have to give thanks to them for supporting me and believing in me up to now.

"It shows that the hard work is paying off. Obviously I've had injuries this year which haven't helped, but I've just had to work hard. My team believe in me, the gaffer believes in me and the fans believe in me.

"I'm just buzzing that we're secure in the Premier League for next season, and to top that off, the award has made this season even better."

View previous Player of the Year Award winnners

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was handed Palace's Young Player of the award after making a huge impact.

The 20-year-old, who has been with the club's Academy since 10, impressed greatly when thrown into the action in February due to an injury crisis.

Luka Milivojevic’s 25-yard effort against Southampton was voted by fans as Palace's goal of the season.

Palace have unveiled the new home and away kits for next season which will be produced by German sportswear company Puma.

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