'Nothing': BT Sport pundit claims Chelsea player can do absolutely everything, he's got no weaknesses
Owen Hargreaves was left waxing lyrical about Chelsea player Reece James last night after his performance in midfield against Zenit St Petersburg.
Chelsea were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Zenit on Wednesday evening, which means they finish as runners-up in their Champions League group.
Timo Werner (two) and Romelu Lukaku were back among the goals for the Blues, but their Russian opponents scored a stoppage time equaliser to deny Thomas Tuchel’s side top spot.
James, 22, filled in as an emergency midfielder in midweek, which is a position not completely alien to him from his time earlier on his career out on loan at Wigan Athletic. The England international has arguably been Chelsea’s standout player in the right wing-back role this season, but injures decimated the central midfield area last night.
N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic were all missing from the squad. Also, Ruben Loftus-Cheek picked up an injury in the build-up to the Zenit tie.
BT Sport pundit Hargreaves was left seriously impressed by the display from James, though:
“You know who he reminds me of when he plays there? Essien,” Hargreaves told BT Sport 3 (11:05pm, 8 December).
“Powerful. He can cover ground, play on his own, get up against people one-vs-one, he’s such a great player
When quizzed on any weaknesses to his game, Hargreaves continued: “Nothing. I don’t think he’s got one.”
James growing into senior Chelsea role
Aged 22, James is already showing he’s a trusted member of the squad at Stamford Bridge that Tuchel will lean on.
It was noticeable that Chelsea missed his creative presence in wide areas at time against Zenit, but he showed a different part to his game in the centre of the park with a seamless swap into midfield.
He’s got the power, stamina and discipline to operate effectively as a central midfielder. Of course, he could really improve in that role with more time perfecting the position.
However, the Blues can’t afford to lose his offensive threat out wide.
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