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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has refused to compare Chelsea youngster Reece James to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and believes the youngster can learn even more from Cesar Azpilicueta.
“I don’t want to compare him to anyone I just want to concentrate on Reece himself,” Lampard said.
“He’s got a great role model in Azpilicueta, who has been doing it for years here in terms of how he’s been playing in recent games.
“His attitude, talk about urgency and intention to get up and down the pitch, and give everything and set the tone – I think it’s great for Reece to see that as well alongside him every day.
“But Reece also brings a real quality in his delivery and in his forward play. There’s work to do with him, he knows that, he’s a young player.
“So I think he’s done really well on his first steps into the team. Again like some of the other young lads I expect a lot more from him, because I can see the quality in him.
“I know he played full-back a fair bit as well. I played against him in both roles when he was playing for Wigan, later in the season in midfield.
“Maybe it helped him in terms of being in a different area of the pitch, different challenges in midfield, it’s quicker the speed of the game and receiving the ball in different areas.
“We know Reece can do that but at the moment for us we’re concentrating on what he can bring us in that full back position.”