According to fresh reports from Football Insider, Leeds United are monitoring the situation of Chelsea star Reece James, with a view to signing him on loan in January.
The 19-year-old defender started this season with an ankle injury, however since returning, made his Chelsea debut against Grimsby Town in the League Cup, capping off his performance with a great goal in a 7-1 win.
James then started in the 1-2 Champions League win at Lille, playing 67 minutes at wing-back.
With Fikayo Tomori, Callum Hudson Odoi, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham already playing huge part in Chelsea’s season, James will be hoping to nail down a starting spot in the near future. Although, captain Cesar Azpilicueta currently occupies the right back spot, which may present James with an opportunity of joining a side on loan to gain further experience.
Let’s have a look at why Leeds tracking his progress is a perfect idea…
James played 44 matches for Wigan last season, starting at right back, then into centre back, before playing the majority of the season in central midfield. The youngster won three end of season awards while on loan at the Latics, which just proves how influential he was to their season.
Marcelo Bielsa likes his sides to be fluid with and without the ball, James being able to play in a number of different positions will be a huge asset to whoever he plays for.
James had never played a senior match before the start of last season. To walk into Wigan as an 18-year-old who had never played a competitive match, to then leave nine months later after winning three awards, playing 44 league games and captaining the side, is special.
Some Wigan fans have went as far as saying he is the best player they’ve ever seen at Wigan. Don’t forget Wigan played in the Premier League for eight years, so that’s some achievement.
James is a player destined for the very top, if Leeds can play a role in his development for a short time, it would be great for all parties.
First class attitude
James celebrated scoring goals at Wigan like he’d just scored a last minute winner at his boyhood club Chelsea. He gave everything to keep Wigan in the Championship, and did it.
Even during the season, James would visit the dressing rooms of academy matches and give the players words of advice. On the final day, the 19-year-old spent time taking pictures and signing autographs for young fans.
Just a class act on and off the pitch, that will benefit whoever he plays for.