By Riath Al-Samarrai for the Daily Mail
Published: 00:14 BST, 14 September 2020 | Updated: 00:54 BST, 14 September 2020
There was a moment near the end of Saturday's slog when the king of Crystal Palace called for a pass from the younger man in whom so much is expected. With luck, any succession plans involving them will go smoother than the subsequent delivery.
What was meant to be a crisp ping to the right was instead a scuff off Eberechi Eze's boot straight into touch. Rarely one to conceal irritation behind false smiles, Wilfried Zaha, the intended recipient, was a little miffed.
'F****** hell, mate,' he shouted, and in this era of empty grounds the words travelled far and free. The language of football, of course, and we can reasonably forecast that a partnership between two players of such talent will blossom into something brilliant if given time.
Roy Hodgson hopes he will be able to build his team around Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze
Granted, that's a rather weighty 'if' in light of Zaha's aching desire for a move. But manager Roy Hodgson is still a dreamer at 73 and his hope is very much to build a team on both of these attacking forces, combined with the further loan addition of Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi. After struggling so badly for goals last season,