Wilfried Zaha has been chastised by Alan McInally for his early-season claims that he should be given greater protection by Premier League referees.
Having been on the end of some strong challenges thus far this season, Crystal Palace’s Zaha came out earlier this campaign to suggest that he does not receive enough protection from Premier League officials.
As Palace’s star player, Roy Hodgson will likely have supported Zaha’s comments and hoped that it would have had the desired effect on referees.
However, Sky Sports’ Alan McInally was having none of it as he strongly criticised the Ivorian international’s claims, while speaking over the weekend.
As reported by the Sportsman, he said: “
“To say he’s getting targeted, I’m like ‘forget it’.
Zaha’s decision to publicly demand more protection was a bold one and could easily have backfired. By making his irritation known about the matter, he could well have invited more strong challenges upon himself.
Hodgson will be hoping that Zaha can avoid any sort of injuries this season as the Ivorian represents Crystal Palace’s best chance of staying up again this season. The Eagles have struggled to find the net this season and Zaha provides a welcomed attacking threat.
Hodgson’s side next face Middlesbrough