Reece James has been at Chelsea since the age of six years old.
He made his Under-18 debut against West Ham United in March 2016 and captained the Under-18’s to a record fifth successive FA Youth Cup.
James was even named the club’s Academy Player of the Year in 2018.
As his first move into professional football, James was sent on loan for this season to Wigan Athletic.
A Championship club having earned promotion last season, it may have been expected that James would have to wait on the bench for his opportunity.
But that wasn’t the case at all.
Latics boss Paul Cook showed his faith in the Chelsea youngster and has played him in every game so far.
And James has excelled given the playing time, and was named as Wigan’s Player of the Month for September.
👏 Keep up the good work, Reece!
— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) October 2, 2018
He has shown extreme maturity and compose to excel in his first move away from Stamford Bridge.
And with uncertainty at the right-back position for Chelsea, fans are hopeful that James will be given a chance when he returns.
So, here’s how Chelsea fans took the news of James’ award:
We really loaned out our best rb
— Enes (@EMG_38) October 3, 2018
We at Chelsea love you, hope to see you in the first team next season… 💪 💪 💪 💪
— johnson lampotin (@JLampotin) October 2, 2018
Fantastic Achievement,keep up the great [email protected] your day off go back to Chelsea and show Willian,Pedro,Dave,Zappacosta and Moses how to cross a ball into the box.
— david nott (@daveandvic) October 3, 2018
— WAGNH (@WAGNH_CFC) October 3, 2018
Thoroughly deserved. Been one of the standout players so far this season. Still hard to beleive he’s only 18 and this is his first senior level football. Like he’s been playing top level for years. Keep it up pal 👍🏻@reecejames69 💪🏻⚽️🔵⚪️💚 https://t.co/qqd3OQuhDY
— Chris Sentance (@csdoogz21) October 2, 2018
One for the future 🤞
— Blue Blooded Gorkhali 🇳🇵 (@Bluecarefree) October 2, 2018