Zaha is one for us all to follow, says Burnley defender Trippier
MEDIA attention has focused on Wilfried Zaha in the run-up to and during the January transfer window, much to the frustration of Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway.
But neither Burnley boss Sean Dyche nor defender Kieran Trippier will be fooled into thinking the Eagles are a one-man team.
The Clarets themselves have come under that category this season, with Charlie Austin dominating the goals for column.
But Trippier knows there is more to Burnley than such statistics might suggest, and says the same goes for Palace.
“Zaha’s a good player, I’ve played against him a good few times now and he will be getting attention from the big teams,” said the right back, in reference to the winger’s links to Manchester United.
“All the focus is on him, but we won’t treat him any differently to anyone else.
“We’ve got to keep him quiet and get in his face and he won’t like it.
“But even if you take him out of it they still have a good team.”
Dyche, who first saw Zaha’s blossoming talent on the London circuit while on the coaching staff at Watford, added: “He’s been on the scene for a while and been developing all the time.
“He’s a very good player, but they’re not a one-man team, like most teams aren’t.
“Charlie has done well for us, scoring goals, but there is more to it than just one person and one player.
“They’ve done well not just because of him but because they’re a good Championship team, very mature, mostly very experienced.”
Trippier continued: “Glenn Murray is banging goals in and Yannick Bolasie is another threat.
“With Zaha in they are an even bigger threat, but I don’t think Palace is a one-man team.”
The 20-year-old’s inclusion in the last England squad proves selectors don’t have a one-track mind either, and Dyche feels that should act as an added incentive for the Championship’s top performers.
“Why wouldn’t it be?” said the Burnley boss. “What’s to say there aren’t good players outside of the Premier League, because there are.
“We know that. There is some very good talent out there.
“It’s a good advert for all clubs in the Championship, and particularly the players.
“There are a number of Under 21s who are outside of the Premier League and play League football week in week out, it just enhances the fact that the Championship is alive and kicking, and it’s a really good league with quality within it.”
But even though eyes will be on Zaha, England Under 21 international Trippier knows it’s possible for others to grab the attention.
“My dad told me there’s always someone watching you,” said the former Manchester City defender.
“Zaha’s done well and got a call-up as reward for the games he’s played and goals he’s scored this season.
“But it shows you don’t have to be in the Premier League to play for England.”