Alan Shearer has included Chelsea star Reece James in his team of the season so far
Alan Shearer has selected Reece James as his sole Chelsea representative in his Premier League team of the season so far.
With the top-flight season approaching the midway point, pundit and Premier League legend Shearer has picked out the best performing players so far across the entire division.
Despite being sat ninth in the league table after their opening 17 games, Chelsea do have one inclusion in the fantasy XI.
Shearer has given a glowing verdict on the level of Blues right-back James this season, who he says adds real “pace and energy” in wide positions for Frank Lampard’s side
The 21-year-old has had some injury problems in the last few games, but he’s become the first-choice right-back at Stamford Bridge this season ahead of club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
“He has injected pace and energy from right-back, overlapping time and time again and putting in crosses that strikers love,” Shearer said.
James is one of several rising stars to come out of the Chelsea academy and he’s already establishing himself as a key individual in the senior team.
The England international is an all-action full-back that has great strength, pace and precision with his crossing.
He’s weighed in with a couple of assists in the league so far, plus he scored a thunderous long-range effort on the opening day of the season in a victory against Brighton.