Every summer, literally dozens of players leave Chelsea on loan in search of regular minutes elsewhere, and many of them are hardly heard of again. Lost in the abyss of the loan system, few can break through the glass ceiling that has formed above the Chelsea Academy.
However, some deals work out so well that players are given a new lease on life. That’s certainly been the case for young Reece James at Wigan. The defender has impressed for the Championship outfit, even earning a spot in the Team of the Season for his fine performances.
He’s earned a remarkable reputation now, hence why – as reported by the Evening Standard – Chelsea are said to be considering bringing him into the first team fold.
That said, less than a year ago, Chelsea fans couldn’t care less about him, with lots of fans responding to news of his loan to Wigan with sheer apathy…
— FinnCookson (@Finncookson) June 27, 2018
— Gonzagoal (@leonkal) June 27, 2018
Where is the sarri
— chelsea blues (@chelsea_win_) June 27, 2018
It’s a pity to be a Chelsea fan at this moment…
— eleta paul (@paul4e) June 27, 2018
You make me sick
— Mr Sir Chief Doodle, The only One. (@SirChiefDoodle) June 27, 2018
lol what a joke of a team
— Ali (@ali_srour96) June 27, 2018
Goddamnit do something pls
— type beat (@rses_23) June 27, 2018
What a difference a few months makes. The opinion of the club has certainly changed, hence their consideration of a role for him in the first team, and you’d think that the fans will be thinking very differently too.
In less than a season, he’s gone from just another young player into perhaps the most talented youngster at Stamford Bridge outside of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu, and that speaks volumes of his quality.
He’s not the finished article, of course, but he’s getting better with every week, and he’d only improve further if given a chance alongside someone like Cesar Azpilicueta.
If nothing else, he’s proven that he’s ready to step up beyond the Championship, and he’s proven all of those Chelsea doubters last summer wrong.
Chelsea fans – do you want to see more of James? Is he good enough? Let us know below!
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