Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has admitted that his head was not in the right place at the start of the season, after missing out on a move to Arsenal and Everton in the transfer window.
The Eagles ace was a target for both clubs, but a switch which could have seen him go to another level failed to materialise, a development in which the Ivory Coast international is believed to be suing his agent about.
While the disappointment could have got to the Palace attacker, he has used it in the right way, playing a starring role in their excellent beginning to the campaign, which sees them occupying sixth spot in the Premier League at the present time.
It was not all easy for Zaha however, with the winger admitting that he was not bang on it mentally after suffering the blow of seeing a dream move fail to come to fruition, as he confessed in a recent interview.
“I had to put my head down and play my football,” BBC Sport quote him as saying.
“I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly.
“I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my team-mates to treat them that way. It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’.
“I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that.”
Eagles fans will have been delighted that Zaha not only stayed at the club, but committed himself to it, and they will look forward to seeing even more of his best when they host the champions Manchester City in their first game after the international break.