2012 was a great year for many sportsmen in the United Kingdom. But if you think the likes of Jessica Ennis, Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins had a great year, perhaps you should make a visit to Wilfried Zaha's journey at Crystal Palace.
Born in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, Zaha has progressed quickly through the ranks at Selhurst Park, making 109 appearances since making his debut back in 2009. And although the agile winger has only scored 12 goals in that time, his performances on the whole have been nothing short of superb. It's no coincidence then that he was named the Football League's and the club's Young Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season.
But this season, Zaha has been simply sensational for the Eagles, with Ian Holloway's side soaring to third in the table. And the 20-year-old's return of five goals and four assists in 25 appearances don't tell the whole story; up until the New Year, the forward linked up with fellow teammates Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie to torment opposing defences and help Palace surge towards promotion back to the Premier League.
Even more impressive, he caught the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson and, as a consequence, was called up to the squad for a friendly against Sweden in November. He made his first appearance in an England shirt after replacing Raheem Sterling but he is still eligible to represent the Ivory Coast, with the match falling under the category of a 'friendly', which doesn't count as a competitive game.
His performances in 2012, as well as the England debut, have inevitably raised his profile and as a result, increased speculation about his future, with various media sources providing details of bids from various clubs, with The Guardian claiming Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are all looking at the £20 million-rated winger.
So please, in the spirit of the New Year, enjoy the video above, showing you a whole 152 seconds of Wilfried Zaha magic.
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