'Ice in his veins': Some Chelsea fans demand new penalty taker after Southampton win

Many Chelsea supporters on social media agreed that Reece James needed to consistently be taking penalties following his composed finish against Southampton last night.

James dispatched the winning spot-kick in last night’s Carabao Cup affair with the Saints.

After Kepa Arrizabalaga had denied the visitors twice, all the England international needed was to dispatch his shot to seal the victory.

The defender confidently rolled the ball into Alex McCarthy’s empty net, sending the Southampton goalkeeper the wrong in the process.

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Penalty protagonist

Kepa and James being the heroes from 12 yards is becoming something of a habit.

Both played their part in the previous round penalty triumph over Aston Villa, with Kepa saving and James scoring.

Following his most recent coolly converted effort, Chelsea fans ordered the full-back to become the club’s regular man from the spot.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

Anyone else fancy a go?

There has actually been some debate as to whether Chelsea should change their penalty taker.

Jorginho is currently the leading man in this department, having trademarked his hop, skip and jump technique.

However, the midfielder did miss two in 2020/21 for the Blues, as well as seeing one saved in the European Championship final by Jordan Pickford.

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Whilst Jorginho was off the pitch during the 7-0 demolition of Norwich City last weekend, Mason Mount took up the responsibilities from the spot.

He had his first attempt blocked by Tim Krul, although it had to be retaken because the Canaries ‘keeper had strayed off his line.

Mount also skewed a shot wide in the shoot-out with Tottenham Hotspur last season.

Perhaps James should step up to the plate more often.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.