The 19-year-old defender made his Chelsea debut last month, in a League Cup fixture against Grimsby Town, where he grabbed a goal in the 7-1 win. He also started at wing-back in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Lille in the Champions League, playing 67 minutes.
So, it’s clear that Frank Lampard sees James as part of his future plans, however, with captain Cesar Azpilicueta currently occupying the right-back spot, it could prove valuable for James to head out on loan again.
Here, we look at a couple of pros and cons if he was to head to Leeds in January…
Pro: He’s a versatile star
James spent the entirety of last season on loan at Wigan Athletic, playing 44 games and winning three end of season awards.
On top of that, James started the season playing in his natural right back spot, before playing the right side of a back three, then into central midfield in which he stayed for the rest of the season.
Wigan quickly realised that his ability would be wasted at right back, so moved him into a central role where he could really affect the game.
Pro: Adds quality in-depth
Many Wigan fans believe James is the best player to ever play for Latics. That alone signals just how good he was last season.
Leeds’ season tailed off around April time in the last campaign, it’s important they identify what went wrong and how they can fix it this time around.
Depth is key. Marcelo Bielsa likes his sides winning the ball back high up the pitch, and quickly, which is great. Also, very difficult to sustain for 46 games.
James has bags of energy, speed and strength. He would fit into Leeds’ philosophy and excel.
Con: Prepare for disappointment
With James already making his Chelsea debut, and Azpilicueta not enjoying the best starts to the season, the youngster could be starting every week very soon.
Lampard has used his young, English talents to the max so far, and James isn’t far away from joining Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham in the starting 11 every week.
Although Leeds would provide James with regular platform, and a great stepping stone, perhaps he doesn’t even need it and is ready for Chelsea now.
Con: Dressing room problems
If Leeds sit top two in January, then suddenly start making drastic changes to their side in January, players are going to be wondering what they’ve done wrong.
Yes it’s important for Leeds to have that extra depth to get them over the line this season. However, it’s about finding that right balance to keep everyone in the squad happy.