‘His Dream Is Dead’- Former Chelsea Winger Blasts Zaha Over Palace Flop

Crystal Palace’ Wilfried Zaha did not live up to the expectations of fans against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and former England international midfielder Joe Cole can’t hide his disappointment.

Speaking to BT Sport after Chelsea’s 2-0 win, Joe wondered how 19-year old Reece James, who was making his senior debut for the Blues reduced Zaha- a player who is considered as one of the best dribblers in the Premier League, into a bad joke.

Wilfried Zaha endured a difficult afternoon up against Reece James

“I’m disappointed with Zaha today. Reece James has got in his head. He’s let a young full-back dominate him. This Zaha five minutes ago was saying he wanted a move to the big clubs,” Joe said.

“He said he wanted to go and play for this club, that club. Reece James has come on his debut, got in his head and a player of his quality letting the ball under his feet.

“I think credit to Reece James but Wilf Zaha needs to show more if he wants to make that next step.”

Joe’s fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves preferred to concentrate on the performance of Reece James showering the youthful defender with praise of all kinds.

“Nobody will play Wilf Zaha better this season than Reece James did today. He was quick, he was physical and he’s a good athlete; that’s what these young guys give you.

“He stood up to him every time. Nobody does that with Wilf Zaha. Everybody runs away from him because they’re scared they’ll be dribbled. I loved his game; he was close to perfect,” Owen explained.

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