Jamie Redknapp slams Chelsea player for his performance against Leicester

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James Maddison scored Leicester’s second goal as they beat Chelsea 2-0 on Tuesday night at the King Power stadium.

Jamie Redknapp has slammed Chelsea right-back Reece James for his role in Leicester’s second goal against Chelsea.

James, who played instead of Cesar Azpilicueta in defence, was caught napping as Maddison strolled into the box to score Leicester’s second- and Redknapp insists the 21-year-old must do better.

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“I really like Reece James, great crosser but the basics of learning to be a right back are gonna be crucial,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“When you are a right back, Gary Neville’s first thought would have been what is the worst-case scenario? James gambles – you cannot gamble as a defender.

“I’m not trying to dig him out, he is knowledgeable, but it is the basics of football – he walks, then jogs, then sprints because there is a panic.

“It was a lovely finish from (James) Maddison but you should not get in that position.

“I see players flying forward but jogging back, too many times that happened. If he wants to get better, he needs to learn from this.”

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