Reece James was promoted to the starting XI against Valencia on Wednesday night – and some Chelsea fans on Twitter were blown away by the quality of his performance.
The Blues recorded a 2-2 away victory against Valencia in the Champions League group stages, which means they still have work to do to reach the knockout rounds with one game remaining.
Carlos Soler opened the scoring for the Spanish hosts in the 40th minute, but Frank Lampard’s side responded immediately with an equaliser before half-time.
Mateo Kovacic finally got off the mark with his first Chelsea goal, which came after a lovely first-time cushion and then a low finish into the bottom corner.
Christian Pulisic then put the visitors in front in the 50th minute with a close-range finish, which was given after some help from VAR.
Kepa Arrizabalaga’s penalty save afterwards looked to have given the English team three points, but Daniel Wass’ 82nd minute cross ended up in the back of the net to leave the group poised.
Chelsea will now be hoping to beat Lille at Stamford Bridge in their final group fixture.
A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media felt that James was excellent during the draw out in Spain, as the defender proved he’s ready for a regular role in the senior team.
The 19-year-old slotted into the XI at right-back and was arguably the pick of the defenders.
It was his athleticism and crossing as an attacking threat that really caught the eye too, while he was unlucky not to end up with an assist.
Here are some Chelsea fans hailing James:
Reece James whips them in like prime Beckham man.. we need to finish these chances #CFC
— 🦁 (@ryanCFC__) November 27, 2019
Reece James has been unreal so far
— Aaron (@CFCPainter) November 27, 2019
Reece James has very good physicality for a teenager. My man has grown men on strings and they’re falling off him to the ground as he goes #VALCHE
— Hale (@CFCHale) November 27, 2019
Reece James is an absolute monster rn
— Captain America 🇺🇸 (@LoanArmyCFC) November 27, 2019
Reece James has been flawless so far.
— SprightlyCFC™ (@SprightlyCFC) November 27, 2019
— Chloe Pearce (@TheBlueLioness) November 27, 2019
Reece James is a baller…
— Anthony (@RealTony_cfc) November 27, 2019