But after remaining at Selhurst Park beyond deadline day, Zaha's return to action saw him given a generous reception by the Palace fans when he entered the pitch on Saturday. And has urged the fans to get behind their star man. Fans will react in the way they feel they should react.
It was as if there had been no break since the end of the 2018-19 campaign as the Blues produced a performance that was nearly a carbon copy of when they had travelled down to south London back in April.
"Everyone here has a good relationship with him".
He subsequently handed in a transfer request after the bid was turned down, but a deal could still not happen between the two parties.
"He handled it very well but the crowd helped, it was such a great reception", said Hodgson, the Palace manager.
'I think that this chapter of his transfer is behind him; he is a professional, he didn't argue at all.
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"I trust him totally".
"I'm expecting Wilf to go out and do on the training pitches and in matches what he has done during the two years that I have been here". There is no question that he has any disrespect.
"If you listen to Marco Silva's press conference and read between the lines you'll see how unhappy he has been from what eventually transpired from a window in which Everton spent a lot of money, I have them at about £110m spending gross".
However, chairman Steve Parish would not countenance selling the club's most valuable asset for anything less than £80 million, although some reports suggested he wanted as much as £100 million.
Asked if he was concerned about losing Zaha when the transfer window re-opens, Hodgson replied: "We are in August!"
"All the clubs here know how good he is and are capable of paying the transfer fee, and I'm not sure all the European ones can. And if it starts again in January, we'll get ready and deal with it again like we have dealt with it this time".