William Gallas delivered a critical verdict on Reece James for his mistake during Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday night.
It was a frustrating evening for the Blues, who suffered a sixth Premier League defeat of the season.
Frank Lampard’s side were undone by two goals that from a defensive view were avoidable.
They were caught out by a short corner routine for Leicester’s opening goal, while a lofted ball over the top eventually fell at the feet of James Maddison for the second.
Former Chelsea title winner Gallas singled out right-back James for his role in the second goal.
The 21-year-old full-back was caught miles out of position, which allowed Maddison space in the box to control his finish.
“As full-backs it is always necessary to protect these centre-backs on the long ball just in case if your teammate does not win his duel,” Gallas said on his Instagram story.
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Yes, James must take a large chunk of the blame for his individual lapse of concentration against Leicester.
But he’s still a young player learning his trade as a player, especially defensively, and mistakes will happen.
The £100,000-a-week star (Spotrac) was also only returning to the side from an injury problem and should be shown a little bit of slack.
Retired French defender Gallas was an excellent full-back at one stage in his career and James should heed his advice, rather than take his comments in a negative way.