While some of Chelsea’s youngsters may have got the headlines, Reece James has been quietly going about his business.
He was named Chelsea’s Academy player of the season last year, and is now on loan at Wigan Athletic.
Although he played limited first team football before this season, he’s now Wigan’s starting right-back.
James has played 15 times for Wigan so far this season, and is relishing life under Paul Cook.
And he’s showing signs of his development, as on Sunday against Leeds, he scored his first-ever senior goal:
Reece James curls one into the bottom corner from 25 yards and the Latics are in front.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) November 4, 2018
James is still only 18-years-old, and is showing signs he could have what it takes to succeed at Chelsea.
And with Cesar Azpilicueta struggling for form this season, James may have a shot at playing when he returns next season.
So here’s how Chelsea fans reacted to James’ free kick against Leeds:
Chelsea future RB, Reece James, has just scored a banging free kick against Leeds 👌🏻👏🏼
— SamCFC 💙 (@UTCSam) November 4, 2018
Reece James is even scoring freekicks now. Another Chelsea Academy gem.
— CHO (@GenAmpadu) November 4, 2018
What a free kick from Reece James for Wigan on loan from Chelsea!
— Josh (@LoftusCheeks) November 4, 2018
— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) November 4, 2018
Even non-Chelsea fans were getting in on the praise:
— Danny Jamieson (@DannyJamieson) November 4, 2018
Reece James is such a Talented right back! Just scored for Wigan against Leeds. If Chelsea dont want him a really smart Premier League club will pick him up for a snip
— El Pivote (@elpivoteftbl) November 4, 2018