Darren Ambrose has called on Wilfried Zaha to resist the lure of the Premier League and continue his footballing education at Crystal Palace.
Zaha was reported to be a target for a number of top-flight clubs during the January transfer window, with his potential clear for all to see.
No move materialised, but speculation regarding the 19-year-old's future is expected to resurface in the summer.
Ambrose can understand why the talented playmaker is in such high demand, but he feels players in his position can chase the dream too soon.
He was only 19 when he completed a high-profile move from Ipswich to Newcastle in 2003 and he has warned Zaha not to make the same mistakes that he did.
"Wilfried is a fantastic prospect," said Ambrose.
"Every day in training he does something special which you don't see many players do.
"He has a fantastic future ahead of him, but I hope he's not in the Premier League too soon.
"It happened to me when I left Ipswich for Newcastle and it's difficult to turn down when top clubs come calling. But it wouldn't do him any harm to develop his game more at Palace."