After a convincing display against Norwich in which Crystal Palace won 2-0, Hodgson commented on the talismanic winger in his post-match press conference.
When asked if Zaha had changed the match, Hodgson said: “He's done that in the last few games. He was even better against Wolves than today. He was good today but against Wolves he was even better. He had an excellent game.
“At the start of the season, the first two games really, he wasn't perhaps the Wilf we know and love but since that time he has been the Wilf that we know and love. Like I've said right the way through, like Steve [Parish] has said right the way through, he's a player we need.
“To his credit, he's focussed on one thing and one thing only and that is helping Crystal Palace.
“This where he was brought up, the club that took care of him from his earliest years and this is the club which has shown him so much love, not just in terms of Steve Parish and the club board but the fans. He's aware of all of that."