Chelsea beat Aston Villa in a penalty shootout on Wednesday night – and some of the club’s fans on Twitter raved about the performance from their defender Reece James. 

The Blues advanced into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout, with James eventually scoring the decisive spot-kick.

Chelsea and Villa were locked together at 1-1 after 90 minutes, but it was the hosts that progressed.

Timo Werner’s header shorty after half time put the home side ahead. However, Cameron Archer’s bullet header levelled the tie and sent it to penalties. 

Chelsea v Aston Villa - Carabao Cup Third Round
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Reece James gets plaudits

A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media were blown away by the display from James tonight. The versatile defender slotted in as the right-sided centre-back with complete comfort. 


He provided a beautiful cross to assist Werner’s goal, plus powered his penalty into the top left corner to win the cup tie.

The 21-year-old is more naturally a right-back, but he gets the opportunity playing as a centre-half in a back-three to find some real space from deeper to put in teasing crosses. Blues club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is definitely someone that can help him with that transition across the defence.

Tuchel put out in what looked like a ‘B’ team tonight, but you’d have to say James has a strong case to claim he should be in the best XI each week.

Here are some Chelsea fans hailing James:

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