Watford boss wary of ‘dangerous’ Zaha and Ayew

Watford boss wary of ‘dangerous’ Zaha and Ayew
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (left) and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger battle for the ball

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jan 12, 2019. 13:15

Watford manager Javi Gracia has admitted his wariness of Crystal Palace’s African stars Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew.

The Hornets will face the Eagles in a Premier League clash at Selhurst Park later this afternoon.

Ivory Coast international Zaha has long been Palace’s attacking talisman, while the newfound form of Ghanaian forward Jordan Ayew has also boosted Roy Hodgson’s team.

When quizzed about the threat posed by Zaha, Gracia told his club’s website: “We try to do like we usually we do with rest of the teams: with a collective vision, with a collective plan, never thinking about an individual plan.

"We know he [Zaha] is an important player for them, but you see the quality of all the players they have.

“They are a very good squad, in [Andros] Townsend, in Ayew and all of them are dangerous and good players.

"Zaha is different as he is a player who dribbles a lot and we know it and we have to be ready to control him, Townsend and other players they have. We have to be ready to do little adjustments against Palace.”

While Ayew has scored in his last two matches for Palace, Zaha has not scored in the Premier League since netting against Huddersfield Town on September 15.

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