No sugarcoating it for Pardew, who has fired a warning at Zaha, saying he’ll keep him on the bench should he not heed his warnings.
Zaha was left out of the squad that lost to Leicester City and has been substituted off at halftime on two occasions after failing to impress Pardew.
Pardew has revealed how many times he has explained to Zaha the reason for dropping him and has revealed it won’t happen again.
“I’ve told him what I think he needs to do and I’ve told him about a couple of issues within the game that managers are going to keep citing unless he corrects them,” Pardew said. “I’ve left him out twice now.
“Both times I’ve sat him down and spoke to him very methodically about why I was leaving him out. I think he needs to understand why but I’m not going to do it again.
“Next time I won’t speak to him. He’ll be out the team because he didn’t do what was asked of him.
“His reaction each time I’ve left him out has been very, very strong. He was terrific against Manchester City [in the League Cup], the only real bright spark we had on the night.
“I don’t want to leave him out to get that reaction every time. I want that great reaction every week and that’s really the message for him. You need to find that inspiration and enthusiasm for every moment of every game.
“He is now a better player than when he went to [Manchester] United. He knows now and I think the message is clear to him.”