Wilfried Zaha ‘roasted’ David Luiz and when he plays like that, anything is possible, says Garth Crooks

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Garth Crooks has heaped heavy praise on Wilfried Zaha following his stunning return from injury against Chelsea, insisting that when the winger is fit anything is possible.

Zaha was named in Roy Hodgson's starting XI for Crystal Palace's home clash with the champions on Saturday after the Ivory Coast international recovered from a knee injury which he sustained on the opening day of the season.

The 24-year-old went on to steal the show at Selhurst Park - scoring the winner on the stroke of half-time which handed Palace their first Premier League win of the season.

Crooks was left impressed with Zaha and the way he handed Chelsea defender David Luiz much work to do on Saturday, and believes that rock-bottom Palace have a great chance of survival because of the return to fitness of Zaha.

Writing in his BBC team of the weekend, in which he picked Zaha, Crooks said: "Whenever the champions (in this instance Chelsea) visit Selhurst Park, the level of optimism rockets among the home support and that transfers itself to the players.

"What would have also been an additional shot in the arm for Palace fans, and they needed it after recent results, was the return of Wilfried Zaha from injury. Boy have they missed the Ivorian's pace.

"He absolutely roasted defender David Luiz on at least two occasions and then continued to leave jet contrail all over the pitch.

"What must be most worrying for Bournemouth, Brighton, Leicester and Everton is Palace's ability to generate such an incredible atmosphere at Selhurst Park.

"Playing at home must be a dream if you are a Palace player or fan. When Palace and, in particular, Zaha are in this mood, anything is possible. Great ground, great fans."