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Confirmed: Chelsea player seals move to EFL side

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Wigan Athletic have today completed the loan signing of young Chelsea full-back Reece James, who has joined the Latics for the season.

The 18-year old is highly-rated at Stamford Bridge and won the club’s Academy Player of the Year award for his performances in the last campaign.

As well as that, he was a key part of the successful young England side that won the Toulon Tournament and U19 European Championship’s last year.

And, boss Paul Cook revealed to the club’s website how pleased he was to secure a deal for the youngster.

Reece is a really exciting young player and we are delighted to get him here to Wigan Athletic for his first loan away from Chelsea.”

In my time with the club, right back is an area we have been short at times and competition is really healthy for the squad. To get Reece in to compete in that area is good for us.”

The teenager is a very strong defender but also has the pace and technique to contribute in the final third.

The Verdict

Everyone in football knows the quality of Chelsea’s youth system and whilst they don’t seem to get a chance with the Premier League side, the talent is there.

Therefore, this is an impressive capture for Wigan as James has a lot of quality and could flourish in the Championship.

Signing him so early allows him to get to know his new teammates and adapt to the way the side will play too.

Thoughts, Wigan fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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