Alan Pardew has criticised Wilfried Zaha, saying that he substituted the winger against Tottenham because he was lacking in “concentration”.
England international Zaha was removed at half-time by Crystal Palace boss Pardew, with the visitors eventually succumbing to a 1-0 defeat through Son Heung-min’s second half goal.
Although Pardew described Zaha as “a fabulous footballer” in his post-match press conference, he directed his ire towards the 22-year-old and his lack of “concentration” in the first half.
“I didn’t think Wilfried played well so I took him off,” Pardew said.
“The issue with Wilfried is that he’s a fabulous footballer, and I’m trying to get him to understand that every game is very important.
“It’s about concentration and having that same desire to defend, to attack, for movement and everything that a top player produces, and unfortunately I don’t think he did that.
“He had 45 minutes to show me that he was up to speed in those areas and he wasn’t, so therefore he needs to take that as a lesson.
“He’s not the first player who didn’t do their job.”