'A really good player': Brendan Rodgers praises 22-year-old Chelsea star after last night's 1-1 draw

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers praised Reece James after coming up against the Chelsea player last night.

It ended with a 1-1 draw on Thursday in the Premier League contest between Chelsea and Leicester at Stamford Bridge, with the former guaranteeing a third place finish this season barring a colossal goal swing on the final day.

James Maddison put the visitors ahead with his low effort from the edge of the box. However, the Blues equalised when Marcos Alonso volleyed in a powerful finish.

Thomas Tuchel’s side now look ahead to the final day of the season this Sunday at home to relegated Watford.

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Brendan Rodgers praised Reece James

Last night’s game did lack quality at times in the final third, but Chelsea’s right wing-back James was an exception to that.

The 22-year-old assisted Alonso’s goal with a beautiful lobbed pass over the Foxes defence, highlighting how important he is to this side as an attacking threat.

He’s now up to five goals and eight assists in only 25 league appearances this season.

The England international’s campaign has been interrupted by injuries, but when he’s played he’s looked immense. Rio Ferdinand even picked him out as his Premier League young player of the season.

Leicester boss Rodgers gave James a special mention after last night, too.

“I thought Luke Thomas, who hasn’t played for a little while, he was playing against a really good player in Reece James and I thought he did very, very well,” Rodgers said.

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So vital

It’s become evident this season just how crucial James is to the Chelsea XI under Tuchel.

He’s someone the Blues are reportedly planning contract talks, which is an absolute no-brainer when you look around the squad.

There’s no doubt he belongs among the highest earners in the Chelsea side.

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