'I like him': Willian thinks Chelsea star can become the best player in the world in his position

Former Chelsea attacker Willian backed Reece James to become one of the world’s best right-back in the next few years.

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand on his YouTube channel, Willian anticipated the England international to reach the very pinnacle of players in his position before too long.

Reece is really quite something

James has already established himself amongst the Premier League’s finest full-backs since coming to prominence under Frank Lampard.

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Aside from Liverpool’s dangerous duo and Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo, there are few better in the land right now than Chelsea’s academy graduate.

Outside of these British shores, not many names spring to mind who are in better form than the 22-year-old.

Achraf Hakimi of Paris Saint-Germain and Denzel Dumfries from Inter Milan are close.

But with five goals and six assists this season, James totally blows his European counterparts out of the water.

Willian a James fan

He definitely has the vote of former Chelsea teammate Willian, who labelled the defender as his favourite member of Thomas Tuchel’s current squad.

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“(Callum) Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Reece James. I think Reece James (is my favourite),” said the Brazilian when listing his brightest Blues.

“I like him (James). He’s a very good player. I think he can be one of the best right-backs in the world in a few years.”

Continue in this current trajectory and James will fulfil Willian’s prophecy very soon.

He has already scored more goals than any defender (four) in the division this season and is only behind Trent Alexander-Arnold for assists.

Now a permanent fixture for club and country, the sky really is the limit for Chelsea’s number 24.

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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.