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Zaha claims first EA SPORTS Player of the Month award

9 May 2018

Crystal Palace winger relishing new forward role after scoring four goals during April

Wilfried Zaha has won the EA SPORTS Player of the Month award for April.

The 25-year-old Crystal Palace winger claimed the honour for the first time after four goals and one assist in four matches last month thanks to a switch up front.

His goals helped Palace secure their Premier League status despite starting the season with seven defeats in a row.

"I'm just happy that the performances are coming together and people are actually seeing for themselves that I've put in the hard work," Zaha said. 

"I prefer playing up front really, because I feel like if I make the right run, or if I get the ball at the right time, I can just be one-on-one with the defender and then if I manage to get past the centre-back, it's one-on-one with the 'keeper.

"So, I feel better in that position."

Zaha is the first Palace player to win the award since Andrew Johnson in October 2004.

He received the most combined votes from a panel of experts, Premier League captains, and from fans ahead of six other nominees: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Christian Eriksen, Jake Livermore, Jordan Pickford, Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling.

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