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Reece James was utilised as a right-back and also in a midfield role during his time on loan at Wigan last season.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits James has the qualities to play in central midfield but he insists his best position is at right-back or wing-back in a back three.
Lampard said, according to Chelsea’s official website: “Right-back would be his favoured position, whether it be there, right wing-back or right of a three.
“As he’s coming into the team, you’d see him there but he does have that all-round game that he could handle playing centrally in midfield if needs be.
“At the moment we’ve got good players in there who are used to playing in there anyway, but he could always do that as he matures through his career.”