The pair have been primarily thought of as shops on the flanks previous to Hodgson handing them the license to type a cog a part of the Eagles’ assault, which allowed them extra directness to instil concern in oppositions’ defences.
Such was the influence of the change that each gamers contributed to assist the Selhurst Park outfit keep away from relegation, regardless of beginning the 2017-18 English Premier League season in underwhelming style.
Townsend scored twice and assisted seven occasions whereas Zaha, Palace’s Participant of the Season, completed the season with 9 objectives and laid an additional three to grateful teammates.
And the previous Tottenham Hotspur winger has praised Hodgson for the getting them to play at one other degree.
“It’s a credit score to the work the supervisor has performed since he has are available,” Townsend advised London Information.
“Additionally, to the gamers and the work we now have put in on the coaching discipline.
“I performed for him [Hodgson] earlier than [for England], however that is the primary time working with him at membership degree and everyday. He has obtained me taking part in nicely and at a degree I do know I’m able to. I’m actually having fun with the brand new position with Wilf, and I feel we’re working nicely collectively – it’s simply the beginning of excellent occasions for Palace.”
“I’m having fun with the position and am concerned much more in play.
“Myself and Wilf are linking up nicely and making runs in behind and inflicting havoc for defenders, and I feel it’s catching groups unexpectedly as a result of they’re used to a giant man up entrance for Palace – it provides them one thing else to consider actually,” he concluded.