Frank De Boer

Crystal Palace’s bad weekend gets worse with emergence of Wilfried Zaha picture

Crystal Palace 0 – Huddersfield 3

For many, Frank De Boer’s arrival at Crystal Palace was the greatest signing ever made by the Eagles.

De Boer is a modern day great as a player and at Ajax produced four Eredivisie titles in a row.

His spell at Inter Milan was cut short before it began but it feels like he will need time to get things right at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace’s season started off super badly on Saturday as they lost 3-0 to Huddersfield at home.

For David Wagner’s side it was a dream start to life in the Premier League as Joel Ward claimed an own goal opener and new striker Steve Mounie claimed a brace.

Where next for De Boer and Crystal Palace?

De Boer, as expected, played three at the back on Saturday and there are now major question marks over whether he will get the defensive organisation right this season.

Palace are very much changing their style of player from more reactive under Sam Allardyce. To a pressing and control the ball style under De Boer.

New signing Jairo Riedewald looked well off the pace on Saturday and Luka Milivojevic, a key player under Allardyce, was taken off at half-time.

One Crystal Palace positive: Wilfried Zaha

As is almost always the case with Crystal Palace, the one positive was Wilfried Zaha.

So often played on the wing, Zaha has been moved closer to Christian Benteke in a more central role and was unlucky not to pull a goal back for the Eagles at 2-0 Huddersfield.

Zaha played the full 90 minutes, but after the game Crystal Palace fans are fretting over a social media update from the Ivory Coast international.

Will Wilfried Zaha be fit for Liverpool?

The Crystal Palace talisman posted a picture on Instagram Stories in a leg brace.

Most Eagles fans were not surprised to see Zaha injured, as he was clearly targeted by Huddersfield as the Crystal Palace danger man.

It should be noted that the image below is no longer on Zaha’s Instagram Stories.

Crystal Palace head to Liverpool for their second Premier League game of the season next Saturday.

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