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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been warned Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha isn’t needed at Stamford Bridge.
This is according to Paul Merson.
“Chelsea are well-stocked for wingers,” the ex-Gunner told Daily Star.
“I don’t see why they need him when they have all these young players coming through with much greater potential. I just can’t see a European giant paying £80m for a player who won’t get you double-figure goals every season.
“Sometimes you’re better off being a big fish in a small pond. Everything revolves around him at Palace. They play through him all the time. At a big club you’re just part of the machine because everybody can play and everybody needs the ball. He wouldn’t get the same opportunities.
“Look at Michael Ballack when he went to Chelsea. Everything went through him at Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich. He was the star. He got 100 touches a game to make something happen. He went to Chelsea and he wasn’t the star any more.
“He was in the same midfield as Frank Lampard. He got half the touches he was used to, and that brings pressure.”