Crystal Palace players Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha
Tuesday Jun 09, 2015. 16:12
We pick three Crystal Palace players who could play a major role for their club in the upcoming Cape Town Cup.
Born: 24 May 1989
Nationality: DR Congo
Former clubs: Rushden & Diamonds, Hillingdon Borough (both England), Floriana (Malta), Plymouth Argyle, Barnet, Bristol City (all England)
Born in Lyon, France, Yannick Bolasie has spent the majority of his career in England and last season enjoyed a fantastic campaign for Crystal Palace. The DR Congo international made 34 league appearances and scored four goals, including a hat-trick against Sunderland, which was the first treble by a Palace player in the Premier League. Blessed with impressive pace and athleticism, Bolasie has become a potential transfer target for some of England’s biggest clubs.
Born: 26 June 1986
Former clubs: Wimbledon, Milton Keynes Dons, Fisher Athletic, Lewes FC, Barnet, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton, Millwall, Blackpool, Queens Park Rangers (all England)
Attacking midfielder Jason Puncheon enjoyed an excellent 2014/15 Premier League season for Crystal Palace, scoring six goals from 37 appearances. The 28-year-old, who hails from Croydon, played for the likes of Wimbledon, Milton Keynes Dons, Fisher Athletic, Lewes FC, Barnet, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton, Millwall, Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers before signing with Crystal Palace, first on loan in 2013/14, and then permanently as of last season. He has scored in every division of English league football and is a set-piece specialist.
Born: 10 November 1992
Former clubs: Manchester United, Cardiff City
Wilfried Zaha was seen as one of the most promising rising talents in English football when he helped Crystal Palace earn promotion to the Premier League in 2013, and he soon moved to Manchester United. However, the Abidjan-born winger was unable to settle at the Red Devils and soon returned to the Eagles, first on loan before his contract was made permanent at the start of 2015. After the disappointment of his struggles at United, Zaha has begun to re-establish himself in the English game with some solid performances for Palace – last season he made 31 Premier League appearances and scored four goals.