'I personally prefer': Chelsea player tells position he would rather start under Tuchel
Reece James says he wants to play as a wing-back at Chelsea but is still happy being flexible in his positions.
James, 22, has grown into a real talisman in the Blues line-up during recent seasons.
The England international is regularly used as a right wing-back, which is a role that really gets the best from him in an attacking sense. For instance, he scored six goals and made 10 assists in 39 appearances across all competitions last season.
However, the Blues academy graduate has the versatility and defensive know-how to slot in as cover at centre-back.
James says he wants to play wing-back
Chelsea’s talented defender has opened up to the fact his preferred position is as a wing-back.
He’s made it clear that he’s prepared to do what’s asked from manager Thomas Tuchel, though.
“Wherever I’m asked to play, I’ll do my best and try to help the team as much as I can,” James said.
“I personally prefer to play wing-back out of the two positions but Thomas is the manager and I’m the player so wherever I’m required to play, I’ll always play.
“I’ve played a number of positions before and I’m used to it now so it’s just about adapting on the day.”
Let’s hope Chelsea don’t need James to cover as an extra centre-back in the new season, albeit he can do a stellar job with his physicality and one-on-one defending.
The full-back is such a dangerous offensive threat that it’s a shame when he’s kept back in his own half.
There’s no reason he can’t rival the very best around for assists in the new campaign if he stays fit. New signing Raheem Sterling, who is sometimes training alone to improve his fitness, will certainly be glad trying to get on the end of his crosses.
Tuchel’s side were at their very best last year when James and Ben Chilwell were flying on the flanks at wing-back, so hopefully that’s something supporters get to see much more of.