Lampard hints at midfield role for Reece James

Lampard hints at midfield role for Reece James

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has hinted at a change in position for youngster Reece James. 

The academy graduate had a largely impressive week with the club, scoring the equaliser in the 4-4 draw against Ajax in the Champions League in midweek, before starring in his first Premier League start against Crystal Palace over the weekend. 

The 19-year-old is a defender and prefers the right-back spot, but can also be used in midfield, and this is what Lampard suggested after the match. 

“Right-back would be his favoured position, whether it be there, right wing-back or right of a three," he said.

“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.”

James received positive review after the Palace match, having successfully managed to shut the lethal Wilfried Zaha for 90 minutes. 

James will now link-up with the England U21 national team for upcoming matches, but it's clear he will soon be knocking on the senior team's doors.