The wealth of young English talent breaking through in the Premier League is hugely exciting and in no position is that more apparent than at right-back, where Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, James Justin, Max Aarons and Chelsea’s Reece James promise a bright future for the national team.
James, who impressed on loan at Wigan in 2018/19 when he gained a full season’s experience in the Championship, showed during 2019/20 at just 20 years of age that he was already at home in the Premier League – and at the top end of the table. A completely different player to César Azpilicueta, James not only provides a youthful, attacking alternative at right-back, but also a sound defensive presence. “Reece is a weapon for us in attack with his crossing – we need to get on the end of them more – but he is also very solid defensively,” Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard said. “When you think of his age, you can get excited about Reece. There’s a lot more he can do, but I’m really pleased with how he’s developing.”