'Hands down': Cundy hails Chelsea man their best player this season

Jason Cundy thinks Reece James has been by far the best player at Chelsea so far this season.

It’s been a turbulent opening couple of months to the 2022/23 season for the Blues, who have already changed their manager with Graham Potter replacing Thomas Tuchel in the dugout.

They sit seventh in the Premier League table right now, plus are bottom of their group in the Champions League.

There’s no doubt Potter has a massive job on his hands at Stamford Bridge, but there is so much talent at his disposal to work with.

Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Cundy thinks James has been best Chelsea player

TalkSPORT pundit Cundy says James has easily been the top performer in Chelsea colours during this campaign.

The right wing-back has a goal and assist in seven appearances across all competitions. He looks like the most creative player for the Blues and defends very aggressively, too.

When discussing if any Chelsea players make the Premier League team of the season so far, Cundy told talkSPORT: “Reece James is the only one I can look at and say is in the conversation.

“There’s no one else this season you look at and go ‘he’s done well’. The performances have been below par; they’ve been substandard.

“If you had to vote for Chelsea’s player of the season right now, Reece James wins hands down.”

Described as a “machine” recently by Owen Hargreaves, James must be an absolute nightmare to come up against on the field.

Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Aged 22, James already looks like such a complete player, which is why it’s a scary thought of how good he could be with more experience under his belt.

He’s got all the physical and technical attributes that shine through in his game.

One interesting point to highlight is the bite to his game when he takes to the field, which is why many view him as future captain material.

You never want to go too overboard with praise on one player, but James really does belong in the conversation for one of the game’s most impressive full-backs.

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

Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.