Two pundits admits surprise at how Reece James pocketed Zaha

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard decided to give youngster Reece James his first ever Premier League start in Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.

For his full debut game, the 19-year-old right-back would have to deal with one of the most dangerous wingers in the Premier League as he was pitted against Wilfried Zaha.

To the surprise of former Chelsea star Joe Cole, Reece James dominated Zaha all day long, and Cole just couldn’t believe it.

Working as a pundit for BT Sport, Joe Cole said: “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.

“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.”

Fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves, was also in awe of the amazing job Reece James did against Zaha.

He added: “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 will dribble by him.

“I loved his game he was close to perfect.”

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