Chelsea FC legend identifies two areas where Reece James must improve
Chelsea FC legend Tony Cascarino says Reece James needs to improve two aspects of his game
Chelsea FC legend Tony Cascarino has told Blues star Reece James that he need to improve in two key areas to continue his development.
The 19-year-old has earned a lot of praise for his performances over the past month or so after Chelsea FC boss Frank Lampard presented the academy graduate with a chance to shine in the team.
James has seized his chance to impress the Blues manager and has followed in the footsteps of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, who have seized their chance to shine in the Chelsea FC team this term.
However, the Blues youngster endured a challenging 90 minutes in Chelsea FC’s 2-2 draw with La Liga side Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
James was party at fault for Valencia’s opening goal after he failed to spot the run of Carlos Soler in the 40th minute.
Former Blues striker Cascarino identified two areas where James needs to improve in order to cement his spot in the Chelsea FC team.
“Reece James is a very exciting player who ticks all the boxes of the modern full back in that he is capable of contributing both in defence and attack,” Cascarino told The Times, as quoted by Metro.
“But he needs to learn when to reserve his energy. The right back was at fault for Valencia’s first goal and also when Maxi Gómez missed a simple chance.
“He is sometimes too adventurous. In second-half stoppage time, when Chelsea should have been settling for a draw, he was twice caught upfield when two counter-attacks by Valencia so nearly brought a winning goal for the home team.
“The 19-year-old looked very tired by the end.”
James scored Chelsea FC’s equaliser in a 4-4 draw with 10-man Ajax at Stamford Bridge earlier this month in the Champions League.
The Chelsea FC number 24 also earned rave reviews for his outstanding performance in a recent 2-0 win over Crystal Palace as James managed to keep Wilfried Zaha under wraps.