GLYNN SNODIN says there’s no doubting Wilfried Zaha’s talent.
Now the Huddersfield Town coach is looking forward to seeing if the Crystal Palace wonderkid has the temperament to match.
Zaha is set for a full England debut in Sweden tonight, even though he admits it’s still 50:50 whether he will represent his adopted country long-term.
The 20-year-old winger who has helped Palace hit the top of the Championship has featured for England Under 21s.
But he could yet opt to play for the Ivory Coast, where he was born.
Because the showdown in Stockholm is a friendly, Zaha, who moved to England with his family aged four, would still be free to switch.
He has already had a telephone call from Ivorian legend Didier Drogba urging him to do just that, but remains in two minds.
As coach of Leeds, then Town, Snodin has seen plenty of Zaha in Palace action.
“He’s a top player, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.
“He’s quick, direct, very positive and very entertaining to watch, and that’s a great thing for the game.
“It seems everyone is talking about him, and it will be very interesting to see how he performs against Sweden.
“Obviously he’s being linked with a string of higher-level clubs, and that’s a situation both Palace and the player will have to deal with as January approaches.
“It’s crucial that they keep his feet on the ground, and the club, his agent and the lad himself all have a part to play.”
Zaha, a top target for Arsenal, has been in fine form since signing a five-year contract at Selhurst Park last December, when Town winger Sean Scannell was among his teammates.
Town take on Palace in a Sky Sports-televised clash in South London on Saturday, December 22 (5.20).