"He is a very talented player and everybody knows that."
"Obviously playing up front again tonight like he did against Sweden has given us another option. Having someone like Wilfried helps as he can play wide and he showed tonight can be really effective in those forward areas. I though when Wilfried came short into those pockets of space, Jonjo picked his timing of the runs really well and the movement from those two players was excellent." ...»
"He looks a terrific player. "He's got great feet and his balance, like all great players, is wonderful. He can go either side and he shifts people without even touching the ball. He's a top, top player." ...»
“I think Wilfried has tremendous potential. He has grown massively over the last 12 months. The first time we saw him was against us in the Carling Cup a year ago, but he has come on a lot since then." ...»
"I used to spend most of my time with a tennis ball doing tricks, little drag-backs and all sorts in my room. I'd copy people like Ronaldinho but others I'd try myself to see if I could pull them off." ...»
"I think about the Premier League all the time, wondering when I'm going to come up against better defenders. I don't think I've come up against a defender when I've thought 'What can I do to get past this guy?'"
"Wilfried would get the ball and I'd be on the touchline muttering 'set it Wilf' and he'd go and beat three people and score." He's a great lad, a bit shy, easy to manage. His dad has been first class. You get some problem parents in youth football but his dad didn't interfere." ...»
"In the youth team, he played as a No 10. In the first team, he began wide left, and can now play wide right. He can go both ways so maybe being in the centre might help him. Some flair players take time to get that part of the game, but he does the defensive work willingly, he would track back and do all that was asked of him."
"There was nothing of him. He was very lean, but he had immense strength in holding the ball. He had something that you just can't teach, a natural raw talent - his ability to take players on was unquestionable. He used to play central midfield and ran the show."
"I'm just very, very proud of him. He's still friends with the people he's known since he was a young boy. He's a lovable boy who's polite with good manners." ...»
"Have I seen anyone like him? No. Not in my whole career. Not close up. I’m giggling at some of it. When I was growing up, you had the [Harlem] Globetrotters. Well, he can do all of those things with a ball at his feet. "He’s almost mesmeric, he’s almost a genius. He’s an absolute joy to watch and a credit to Crystal Palace.” ...»
"Potential-wise Wilfried represents the biggest talent to come from the Palace youth system. He is probably the best prospect we [Palace] have had in terms of what he could go on to achieve. He has the potential to make as big an impact as Ian [Wright]. He is a little bit different like Ian was. Ian wasn't a winger as he played through the middle. Wrighty was 23 when he turned pro. Wilfried has played more than 100 games in the league and he's got an England call-up. You have to say just by those numbers that at his age he is a better player than Ian Wright, who went on to great success. I'm sure Wilfried wants to make his mark as well." ...»
"I think Wilf is a credit to Palace behind the scenes with all the youngsters that are and that have been developed in the past."
"We've seen players who are still doing well in the Premier League. Some of them have moved too quick and it's taken a while for them to rise to their potential, and some have just disappeared.
"Victor Moses and Wayne Routledge have done it, so you just wonder who is next. Wilf has got the experience of what's happened to other players before him and he can learn from that.
"However, as soon as the big clubs come knocking on the door, it's the skill of the manager for keeping him motivated when you've got the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United looking." ...»
“It’s just wonderful to see such an exhilarating and exciting player. His ability to run with the ball and outrun people without the ball is just amazing. They are going to have to do something to try and stop him because when he’s got the ball at his feet, God help you. Seriously, God help you.”
"Zaha has wonderful ball manipulation skills, especially his ability to swap the ball from either foot, in a blink of an eye, while keeping perfect balance. This allows him to go past players at will, in the tightest of spaces." ...»
"You can’t tell Wilfried how to beat a player because it is all natural. It’s all sixth sense; co-ordination with a ball and quick feet from when he was out playing on the streets with 20 kids around him. He has not been manufactured." ...»
"Wilf was a late developer. He was doing OK at 14, 15. At 16, he was doing better. George [Burley] said 'give me your best youngster to train with us for two weeks in pre-season. We sent Wilf. He never came back."
"I brought him in to train with the first team at times just as I had Victor Moses. I'd never seen kids like them. He had tremendous ability, like Victor, he had so much natural talent – he didn't have to practise anything."
"Whatever [Zaha's] future holds, he will probably always be part of the past of United's Brazilian defender Fabio. Long before the United player received a yellow card, Zaha had run him to the point of distraction." Darron Gibson was also fortunate to get away with a craftily placed leg when Zaha burst into the box shortly after Fabio had been obliged to drag him down, at the risk of a red card, on the edge of the box. ...»
"If you're talking £15m for Zaha, Thomas [Ince] has got to be £25m. If you compare the two, Thomas should cost more. Zaha is a fantastic player, don't get me wrong. Zaha's a stronger runner and does a lot of tricks, whereas Thomas is more direct, he makes things happen and he scores goals." ...»
“Manchester United have bought potential. He’s been so exciting these last couple of years and he’s got so much better. He potentially can be another Ronaldo. He’s got great skills. He can use both feet. He’s got excellent speed and great endurance as well. He’s learning and he’s played for England. He’s gone to the right club. You know you can’t hold onto someone like that and £10million plus add-ons is a good fee for him.” ...»