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Joe Cole slams Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha endured a difficult afternoon up against Reece James
endured a troublesome afternoon up in opposition to Reece James (Picture: Getty)

admitted he was ‘disappointed’ with Wilfried Zaha’s efficiency in opposition to Chelsea after he was completely dominated by Reece James.

The 19-year-old, making his first Premier League begin, deputised for membership captain Cesar Azpilicueta after impressing with a purpose within the midweek draw in opposition to Ajax.

Zaha struggled to make any type of influence in opposition to one the golf equipment who’re reportedly monitoring his state of affairs after he handed in a transfer request in the summertime.

Arsenal, too, tried to prise Zaha from Crystal Palace, earlier than turning their attentions to Nicolas Pepe, however former Chelsea winger Cole claims Zaha’s no-show at Stamford Bridge received’t have impressed his suitors.

‘I’m dissatisfied with Zaha at the moment. Reece James has acquired in his head,’ he informed BT Sport.

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‘He’s let a younger full-back dominate him. This Zaha 5 minutes in the past was saying he wished a transfer to the massive golf equipment.

‘He mentioned he wished to go and play for this membership, that membership.

‘Reece James has come on his debut, acquired in his head and a participant of his high quality letting the ball underneath his toes.

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

Fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves, in the meantime, most well-liked to focus on the efficiency of James and claimed no one will do a greater job of marking Zaha this season.

He added: ‘Nobody will play Wilf Zaha higher this season than Reece James did at the moment.

‘He was quick, he was physical and he’s a very good athlete that’s what these younger guys offer you.

‘He stood up to him every time. Nobody does that with Wilf Zaha everybody runs away from him because they’re scared they are going to dribble by him.

‘I loved his game he was close to perfect.’

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