‘Raw talent’: Frank Lampard talks up exciting Chelsea FC teenager
Frank Lampard admits he's been thrilled by Reece James' recent displays for Chelsea FC
Frank Lampard has admitted that he has been thrilled by Reece James’ recent fine performances in a Chelsea FC shirt.
The 19-year-old full-back started his first Premier League game on Saturday as he helped the Blues to claim a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in front of their home fans.
James has been impressing whenever called upon this season, with the teenager having scored one goal in a total of nine appearances for Lampard’s men so far this term.
Chelsea FC fans will certainly be excited by the promise shown by the right-back after Lampard placed his faith in yet another youngster at Stamford Bridge this season.
James will be in England Under-21 action during the international break, and Lampard has admitted that he has been thrilled by the way the teenager has been performing recently.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Chelsea FC’s website, Lampard said: “He’s got the abilities to go very far.
“It’s hard to cap that, or not cap it, but I think that from what I see from him in training, what I saw at Wigan, and Jody Morris and Joe Edwards know him very well from the youth teams here and speak so highly of his talent.
“You always see when experienced players respect young players that come and train with you regularly and see the quality, it’s always a good sign.
“I’ve got huge belief that he can as far as he wants in the game, because I see so much improvement.
“His raw talent and ability, which was there to see against Crystal Palace, is just the start of the story.
“There’s a lot more to add on to that which is going to see him be a big, big player for this club.”
Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action after the international break with a crunch clash against Manchester City at The Etihad on Saturday 23 November.
The Blues have won their last six games in a row in the Premier League to leave them in third place in the table after 12 games of the new campaign.