Chelsea loanee thinks one member of Tuchel's squad is 'great', they could be playing together next season

Levi Colwill praised Reece James but wanted to avoid comparisons between himself and the Chelsea full-back.

As quoted by the Yorkshire Live, Colwill attempted to stay clear of being contrasted alongside his fellow Cobham graduate.

Comparing Colwill and James

Although the two defenders are at differing stages of their careers, the pair share very similar storylines.

Both were raised through the Chelsea academy, with James a couple of year groups ahead of the Colwill, who is currently on loan at Huddersfield Town.

Before breaking into Frank Lampard’s first team, James enjoyed an extremely prosperous loan spell with Wigan Athletic, who at the time were a Championship side.

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He was named the Latics’ Player and Player’s Player of the Year, plus won the club’s Goal of the Season award.

After that productive period at the DW Stadium, the England international returned to South West London and established himself as a regular under Lampard.

Save the similarities, please

Colwill followed suit by dropping into the second tier and linking up with Huddersfield.

The teenager has been of the Terrier’s better performers and is on route to earning several individual accolades by the end of the term.

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There are clear parallels between the young centre-back and James, however the former wanted to try and douse such resemblances as much as possible.  

“I wouldn’t get ahead of myself and compare myself to Reece James personally because you see what he does week in week out, he’s a great player,” admitted Colwill.

“But it’s nice and I appreciate it, but at the same time it doesn’t really mean that much to me because they can compare me to whoever they like but it’s down to me to work hard and put in the performances I need to help me and the team out.

“Because I can listen to it all and get big-headed but then nothing could happen and it’ll all be pointless. Any player can get called or get compared to Reece James but it’s down to me at the end of the day.”

James and Colwill together in Chelsea arms?

It will be hard to play down these likenesses if Colwill is propelled into Chelsea’s senior squad next season.

According to Goal, the Blues could bring back the 18-year-old sooner than expected, having previously anticipated him to have two loans before returning to Stamford Bridge.

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Yet, due to his performances for Huddersfield – combined with the possibility of losing one of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen or Azpilicueta – the centre-half might be linking up with James before too long.

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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.