Lots of Chelsea fans were left impressed by Reece James’ performance against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, despite the Blues falling to a 2-1 defeat.
James is enjoying his breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge working under Frank Lampard, having earned his senior debut in the Third Round win over Grimsby Town.
The 19-year-old right-back has now amassed six first-team appearances with the Blues, including two in the Champions League, after starting in the 2-1 win over LOSC Lille.
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He was unable to maintain his unbeaten record with the West London outfit on Wednesday night, but many Blues supporters have lauded the youngster as being ‘the only positive’ from their side’s defeat to Manchester United.
James was not able to present the same attacking threat against the Red Devils as he was against Grimsby, when he scored, yet combined well with Callum Hudson-Odoi down the right channel and delivered some teasing crosses.
In total, the England youth international attempted and completed two dribbles during the midweek clash, and made 30 of his 95 passes in the final third, per WhoScored data.
From those, he delivered seven crosses – only Hudson-Odoi made more – as well as penning 109 touches, two blocks, two tackles and taking one shot.
Here are some of the messages shared on James’ performance…
Reece James with two delicious looking balls this match, ALMOST. Bright spark, Billy you say. Has to be Reece.
— Navin Ahmed (@Nav_cfc) October 30, 2019
— Alec Field (@drebin44) October 30, 2019
Reece James can hold his head very high but the rest?!!???
— Nezuko (God forgive me) (@feyi_cfc) October 30, 2019
Reece James enhanced his status tonight 👏👏#CFC💙
— Just me (@ChelseaCully) October 30, 2019
If anything was proven today tho it was Reece James > AWB.
— PressResistant (@CFCJojo) October 30, 2019
Reece James was the only positive from today
— Aaron (@CFCPainter) October 30, 2019
— Ollie Glanvill (@OllieGlanvill) October 30, 2019
Dare I say Reece James is the biggest talent out of our Academy products.
— Gian (@CFCGian_) October 30, 2019
only positives from tonight:
-Reece James is class
-Gilmour one of the better performers
-I get to watch aftv
— nate 🔮 (@nateCFC) October 30, 2019
Reece James impressed me ..
— II SK II (@ShauryaCFC) October 31, 2019
Really disappointed with that loss. We played a weakened team and United played a 5 back on the counter with their first team. Conceding from two set pieces sucks as well but this result isn’t going to change too much other than the fact Reece James is indeed a baller pic.twitter.com/HBO1fKGA8n
— Tom (@CFCTom_) October 30, 2019