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Sunday 18 August 2019

Benteke's belief in Zaha

BACKING: Zaha. Pic: Reuters
BACKING: Zaha. Pic: Reuters

Christian Benteke believes wantaway Crystal Palace team-mate Wilfried Zaha can get back to his best this season.

Zaha was linked with a summer move away from Selhurst Park, with Everton attempting to land the Ivory Coast ace.

In a quirk of the fixture list, the Toffees faced Palace, with the sides playing out a 0-0 draw and Zaha coming off the bench for the last 25 minutes.

The Palace fans cheered Zaha's introduction after chanting his name throughout a forgettable contest.

Everton, who were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages when Morgan Schneiderlin was shown a second yellow card, created the best chances, but both sides had to settle for a point.

It remains to be seen if Zaha will be in Roy Hodgson's starting XI for the trip to Sheffield United, but Benteke believes he will get his head down.

"I know how big he has been for this team and this club," the striker said.

"I think that this chapter of his transfer is behind him; he is a professional, he didn't argue at all. Hopefully he is now going to be back to his best."

While Everton were the closest to taking all three points, they had Jordan Pickford to thank for not conceding.

The England goalkeeper kept out Jordan Ayew and Max Meyer and felt the visitors should be pleased with a point. He said: "It's a tough place to come, but we didn't get beat and we built momentum for next week."

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