Blues star's father says his son wants to become Chelsea captain

Reece James’ father Nigel has revealed his son’s ambition of wearing the armband for Chelsea in the future as the right-back reached 100 appearances for the Blues last weekend.

The 21-year-old reached the milestone in less than three years since earning his first-team promotion under Frank Lampard in 2019.

He has since established himself as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and Europe.

His father Nigel is clearly proud of his son’s achievement, but he also claims that his son has another dream at Chelsea.

“100 games… you just sit there and think, ‘Wow,'” he told The Athletic.

“To do that at 21… there are some people who play 300 in their career.

“But I’m not emotional. The part where I will be emotional is the day he becomes Chelsea captain.

“That’s his ambition and mine as well.

“Didier Drogba was a legend and so was John Terry. But Reece has been at Chelsea since he was six.

“There isn’t a player who has been there that young and gone on to wear the armband. The goal is to be the man that, when you hear Chelsea, you think Reece James.”

Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

It is safe to say that very few, if any, Chelsea fans would mind if James become the team’s captain in the future.

James does not seem to be very vocal on the pitch, but, similar to Mason Mount, he consistently performs and can lead by example.

The midfielder is arguably ahead of James in the captaincy pecking order at the moment, though, having worn the armband on several occasions under both Lampard and Tuchel.

But ‘vice-captain Reece James’ doesn’t sound too bad, either, does it?

Keep up to date with all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Twitter account here.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.