Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has indicated he was impressed with Reece James’ impressive debut on Wednesday night in a 7-1 demolition of Grimsby in the Carabao Cup.
The 19-year-old was impressive as he grabbed a goal and two assists, having recovered from an injury that has kept him out for almost two months.
Speaking after the match, Lampard further indicated James will benefit greatly from Cezar Azpilicueta, who is the current right-back at the club.
“His game will get much better,” insisted Lampard.
“He has been out a long time and he has only played minimal minutes in the Under-23s, but Reece’s performances last year at Wigan when he was in the Team of the Year in the Championship showed the talent he has got and he is going to be a big player for this club,” he added.
“He has got a great player and person to look up to in Cesar Azpilicueta who is in his position. He showed his real quality on the ball today so that is just the start for Reece,”
James has been touted as the club’s next big thing and the natural heir to Azpilicueta’s right-back position despite his young age.
The club’s fans were excited to see the Englishman in action and will hope to see him drafted into the first eleven.
There were calls from the fans for Lampard to drop the Spaniard, following a series of unconvincing performances in particular during the August matches.