'Couldn't get near him': Ian Wright blown away by 22-year-old Chelsea player in yesterday's win
Ian Wright was left waxing lyrical about the performance of Reece James in Chelsea’s win yesterday against Burnley.
James, 22, scored one and assisted another during a 4-0 away win at Burnley in the Premier League.
The right wing-back, who appears to be getting back to his best after a hamstring injury, rifled in a low finish to open the scoring. Afterwards, he turned provider with a cross into the path of in-form teammate Kai Havertz to score.
He’s now been involved in 13 direct goal contributions in only 26 appearances this season, highlighting how important he is as an attacking option in the wide areas.
BBC pundit Wright singled out the England international for immense praise in his match analysis. He suggested Burnley full-back Charlie Taylor couldn’t lay a glove on him.
“They’ve missed him… You see him here they’ve got to come out to him [for his goal], he’s playing with them,” Wright told Match of the Day.
“In the second half this is what he did. He pushed himself a lot further up. The full-back was petrified of him, couldn’t get near him.
“Like the manager said, he’s somebody that’s a major, major cog in this Chelsea wheel.”
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For certain, it’s become very clear that James is one of the most important players within Thomas Tuchel’s XI.
He gets the ball so much during 90 minutes by constantly providing an outlet high up the pitch on the right.
His delivery is underrated. Also, he’s developed this new-found confidence to take on players one-on-one.
Elsewhere, it’s great to see Havertz pop up with two more goals, taking his season tally to nine. Romelu Lukaku is the only Chelsea player with more this campaign (11).
It does feel like the Blues are starting to find their rhythm again on the pitch, which is perfect as the business end of the season starts to roll around.