Former Chelsea winger admits Giroud will be itching to play with Reece James

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Chelsea youngster Reece James had a good game against Valencia and the 19-year-old right-back has been proving in recent games that he has what it takes to play at the highest level.

James has also shown that he has an excellent right foot that can whip in dangerous crosses into the box, and former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin is full of praise for the youngster.

Pat Nevin believes that the Chelsea strikers will be looking forward to playing with James so they can benefit from his dangerous crosses.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “The defender on the field who is really catching the eye however is Reece James. His progress has been nothing short of extraordinary in such a short time. The most obvious thing about his game right now is the number and the quality of crosses he is whipping in from that right-hand side. Whether it is Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi or Olivier Giroud, they must be desperate to be on the field when he is delivering these opportunities.

“It all seems so effortless and maybe the most important thing is he always puts the ball in as soon as there is an opportunity. Strikers all love an early ball they can attack, sent in wickedly between the defenders and the goalkeeper.”

Nevin also hailed the offensive and defensive quality of the young right-back and also revealed that the 19-year-old is full of confidence.

He went on: “At least as impressive is his defensive work. Whether it is Raheem Sterling or Wilfried Zaha taking him on, he never looks concerned and is very rarely beaten. He is certain to improve as he learns the game more and right now, you can see a player who could quite easily be the club’s right full-back for the next decade.

“There was a moment in the first half that had me grinning like a Cheshire Cat. James was being closed down by two Valencia players in his own half and the utter confidence, bordering on disdain, with which he shrugged them off and played his way out of danger was extraordinary. There are very few players, even at the most experienced end of the age range, who can do that deep in their own half. He appears unflappable but with good reason. He has the power and the skill.”

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