‘Fantastic’ star Tuchel loves watching is Chelsea’s player of the season so far - TCC View

Chelsea are enjoying a strong 2021/22 season so far, albeit the wheels have come off slightly in the past couple of weeks.

Thomas Tuchel’s Blues are sat third in the Premier League table after a mini dip, six points behind leaders Manchester City. In addition, they are qualified for the Champions League last-16 and can still chase domestic trophy success.

The Chelsea Chronicle has attempted to single out the best performing individual at Stamford Bridge this campaign.

In fairness, Thiago Silva, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and Edouard Mendy could easily be the selection.

However, we’ve gone with Chelsea’s emerging superstar Reece James.

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James evolving into senior Chelsea figure

James, 22, looks like he’s going into overdrive so far this campaign.

The England full-back has been impressive around the Blues first team for a couple of years, but the arrival of Tuchel as manager in 2021 has been brilliant for him.

He’s been superb this calendar year as the right wing-back, especially during the first half of the 2021/22 campaign.

His attacking contributions in the Premier League are massively helping the team, scoring four goals and setting up five assists in 14 league appearances this season. It’s obvious how much they miss his attacking threat from the right when he doesn’t play, too.

Meanwhile, the improvement of his defensive work is going under the radar.

He’s fully overtaken club captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the club’s pecking order and you no longer have any fear when he’s got his back to goal.

Tuchel said in November it’s a “pleasure to watch” James because he’s in a “fantastic moment”, something which has been the case all season.

If the club’s player of the year award was given out halfway through the season, powerhouse wide man James would deserve to clinch it for his improvement and influence in both halves of the pitch.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.