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Wilfried Zaha named Crystal Palace Player of the Year for third-straight time

Wilfried Zaha has helped steer Crystal Palace to safety this season
Image: Wilfried Zaha has helped steer Crystal Palace to safety this season

Wilfried Zaha has been named Crystal Palace's Player of the Year for the third successive year.

The 25-year-old, who was this week awarded April's Premier League Player of the Month accolade, was voted Palace's outstanding player by supporters after a campaign in which he has scored eight times.

"It shows that the hard work is paying off," Zaha said after receiving his award from manager Roy Hodgson.

"Obviously I've had injuries this year which haven't helped, but I've just had to work hard.

"My team believe in me, the gaffer believes in me and the fans believe in me. I'm just buzzing that we're secure in the Premier League for next season, and to top that off, the award has made this season even better."

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Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend discussed the success of his unlikely partnership with Wilfried Zaha

Hodgson added: "He's shown how special he is for a long time now. This year, when we really needed players to step up to the plate and get us out of the situation we found ourselves in, and we've pulled off a great escape."

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 20, won Crystal Palace's Young Player of the Season.

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He has been at Palace's academy since he was 10 years old, and recently signed a new contract to see him remain at the club until 2022.

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