Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has criticised Michael Olise for snubbing a move to Chelsea this summer transfer window, insisting that he was shocked by the player’s decision.
Merson also believes that former Ivorian winger Wilfried Zaha’s career should have acted as a warning to Olise and fears the Crystal Palace youngster will live to regret his decision to snub a move to Chelsea this summer.
Recall that Chelsea recently activated a complex release clause in Olise’s contract earlier this week and looked primed to add the France Under-21 international to manager Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
But Crystal Palace eventually announced on Thursday that Oslise had committed his future to the club by signing a new contract.
And Merson feels Zaha’s career trajectory should have come into Olise’s thinking before he made his final decision not to join Chelsea by extending his contract with Crystal Palace.
Recall that Zaha left Palace to join Turkish club Galatasaray on a free transfer this summer, having had multiple opportunities to leave Selhurst Park for a bigger club in the Premier League in the last few years.
“I was shocked,” Merson told Sky Sports when asked if Olise’s snubbing of Chelsea came as a surprise.
“It might have been because he was at Chelsea before; that could have been the reason.
“But for me, the whole idea is to move up the ladder. Surely you got to make hay while the sun shines. Form can come and go very quickly a couple of bad games here and there.
“We are talking about Zaha eight, nine, ten months ago was available on a free transfer. Who was going to have him? He could not go back to Man Utd, will Arsenal have him? Tottenham might take him if they don’t?
“All of a sudden, no disrespect, he is playing at Galatasaray in the Turkish league and you are quite shocked. I hope the kid has got it right.”