Reece James: What those in the know say about the Chelsea loanee who has starred for Wigan in the Championship this season
Reece James has been one of the stars of the Championship this season where the young Chelsea defender has excelled during his season-long loan spell at Wigan.
James, 19, is highly regarded at Stamford Bridge and is set for a bright future in the game.
The boyhood Blues fan, who played alongside England starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi through the youth ranks at the club, has missed just one game across all competitions for the Latics.
James is a tough tackling and forceful full-back, earning rave reviews for his performances throughout this season.
At this tender age he has already been likened to Kyle Walker, called up to train with the England senior squad and, earlier this month, collected his award for making the Championship Team of the Season.
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James has a wise head on young shoulders, revealing he turned down several other temporary moves in January as he felt his progress would be best served by staying in Lancashire.
Manchester United are reportedly tracking the £15million-rated defender, who has also attracted interest from Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Brighton.
So what have those in the know said about the talented youngster?
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Wigan boss Paul Cook
“He is so self-confident, and that is backed up by his ability and work ethic.
“All season he has been showing people that he has a very strong career ahead of him, and we are delighted to be playing a small part in his progression.”
“He’s player of the month every month, and he’s man of the match almost every week. “And he’s as good a lad as he is a player. There’s nothing else I can say about him.”
Derby assistant Jody Morris (James’ former Chelsea U18 head coach
Leeds legend Eddie Gray
“He is a good footballer. He has an eye for goal as well, he is willing to take chances and take shots on goal.
“He is powerful, willing to run with the ball and is a good player.”
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard
“I did a lot of work with the Academy at Chelsea last year and I saw a lot of him, trained with him a lot.
“It was very evident the player he already is – and the player he will hopefully become.”
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