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Zaha names Drogba as his Premier League idol

The Crystal Palace winger, who was recently named in Ivory Coast’s preliminary squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, has hailed the country’s all-time top goalscorer as his hero

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has picked former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as his Premier League idol.

Zaha has been named in Ivory Coast’s provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations following much debate over the international future of the twice-capped England international.

And the 24-year-old is already currying the favour of fans in the country of his birth after heaping praise on their greatest footballing export.

“He was literally a beast,” Zaha told the Premier League of Drogba. “Defenders just couldn’t handle him

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