Reece James Reveals The Three Chelsea Legends He Looked Up To

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Chelsea youngster Reece James has been at the Chelsea academy since he was seven, and the 19-year-old has now found his way into the senior team.

Reece James made his Chelsea debut in the 7-1 victory over Grimsby on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup and impressed from the right-back position.

The 19-year-old is indeed a Chelsea through and through, and he has revealed that three Chelsea legends inspired him while he was learning his trade in the academy.

James listed the usual suspects John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba as his biggest motivation.

“When I was young I supported the club and still do now,” James said.

“I looked up to Drogba, Terry, Lampard. They were the main three leaders. It helped drive the team back then when I was a little kid.

“They were all winners, that was reflected in the trophies they won.

“Of course I’m learning from the [senior players] every day because I’ve not played at this level before. There are little bits here and there where they help me on the performance side and show me how it’s done.

“Positioning, where to go where the ball is on the other side – there’s loads of little things.”

James is now playing under one of his idols, and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes the 19-year-old fullback will be a big player for Chelsea.

“I think he’s going to be a big player for this club,” Lampard said.

“It’s just the start for Reece.

“With his end product Reece showed what he can do, an assist and a goal, but Reece’s performances on loan last year at Wigan showed the talent he’s got.”

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