Frank Lampard hails Chelsea defender Reece James after Ajax thriller

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has praised youngster Reece James following his performance in the epic 4-4 draw against Ajax on Tuesday night.

The Blues were involved in a real spectacle at Stamford Bridge that saw them coming from 4-1 behind to draw against nine-man Ajax.

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Lampard’s team seemed out of the contest when Donny Van de Beek put visitors Ajax 4-1 in front during the Champions League group stage fixture.

But the Premier League side managed to earn a point with a brilliant second-half comeback, which included Ajax’s defensive pair Daley Blind and Joel Veltman being sent off in the same minute.

Substitute James was the player to score the equaliser with an excellent finish inside the box from a corner, while Cesar Azpilicueta saw a fifth goal chalked off by VAR.

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James entered the action at half-time with the hosts trailing 3-1 against Ajax, but he showed why there is so much hype around his name and why many expect him to cement the right-back position as his own.

The 19-year-old looked extremely composed on the European stage slotting in at full-back and added an extra injection of quality when going forward.

Lampard was left raving about the English defender after his latest contribution.

“He is a fantastic young player, I felt we wanted more on the right hand side. He is going to be a top player. He has got great quality. The modern full-back to join in, some are doing in an outstanding way,” Lampard said, as quoted by Football.London.

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James is impressing whenever he gets a first-team chance this season and his Ajax cameo was another big step forward for him.

He has all the attributes of a modern full-back with his athleticism and offensive play, which is why Lampard seriously needs to consider giving him more opportunities.

There have been comparisons made with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and he’s a great player to try emulate over the next year.

Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.