Now that the appeal for their transfer ban has been rejected, Chelsea need to be smart with how they deal with transfers.
Indeed, they cannot just go on selling every talented youth player like they’ve been doing for years. Clearly, the Blues need to start valuing those who come from within and try to use them as often as possible.
However, considering their inexperience, not all youth players can be given chances. Some need to be loaned off to gain top-level experience and talented Reece James is such a player. The right-back’s done a great job at Wigan Athletic this season, shining through in the EFL Championship.
James helped Wigan keep 10 clean-sheets in the league last season, putting in some emphatic defensive performances to overpower dangerous wingers. He also ended up scoring and assisted 3 goals apiece, proving his might going forward. The 19-year-old’s excellent crossing ability, tendency to bomb forward can definitely work out in the Premier League.
While James isn’t ready to break into their squad yet, he should be granted some Premier League experience. According to reports (via Argus), Brighton Albion & Hove are very interested in the right-back. So, while selling would be a disastrous move from Chelsea, they should just loan him for a season and notice how he grows under Premier League’s intensity.
Yes, it sort of defeats the point of using your youth during a transfer ban but James is clearly a huge talent and burning him by throwing him at the deep end of an unhappy Chelsea, who may struggle under a manager to have endured a difficult first year, could burn him for good.
James is a precious talent and should be treated as such.
The 19-year-old has the spirit and ability to be a regular in the Chelsea team in the near future. A fearless right-back who is sturdy defensive, explosive going forward, James can be Cesar Azpilicueta’s successor if he’s allowed to develop properly.
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