It is fair to say that Sunday’s game against Manchester United did not go the way Frank Lampard and Chelsea fans would have liked.
In his first competitive match as Blues boss since returning to the club earlier this summer, Lampard’s team were hammered 4-0. Although the result did not tell the whole story, the scoreline is all that counts at the end of the day, and the Stamford Bridge outfit were on the wrong side of a clear victory.
Some of the club’s players came under heavy criticism for their performances, including club captain Cesar Azpilicueta. The Spanish international did not have his best game in a blue shirt, and was partly culpable for two of the goals.
Therefore, plenty of Chelsea fans believe his time in the starting line-up is coming to an end and are calling for Reece James to replace him once he returns from injury. The 19-year-old impressed with Wigan Athletic last season, and could well play a role in the future of the club moving forward.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their frustration with Azpilicueta, whilst also yearning for James. You can see some of the best comments below.
Azpilicueta’s days are numbered, I cannot wait.
Remember the name Reece James.
— Mod (@CFCMod_) August 12, 2019
Take the captaincy from him. Since he started captaining the the team how many apologies has he rendered?
Besides he’s past it and James should be given a chance.
You can’t be playing these so called experienced players and still be trashed. ??????
— Nana Carsley (@Carsley_1) August 12, 2019
To be candid, i cant wait for Reece James to return to fitness and back in the game. for me Azpi has served us well at Chelsea. time for him to step aside.
Azpi played like a rookie yesterday! https://t.co/PLbJu0im7v
— PSJ (@segunjimoh) August 12, 2019
Not an over reaction to yesterday but been thinking it for a while now. Azpilicueta has been a great servant but he’s now showing the same frailties that Ivanovic did in his final years. Defensive mistakes, not getting forward effectively and lacking pace. #Time for Reece James
— ?Ashleymadblue ? (@ralpha060461) August 12, 2019
Azpilicueta is finished. Once James comes back he becomes first choice RB. Worst captain in Chelsea history
— Tony Akhigbe (@tony_akhigbe) August 12, 2019
Azpilicueta could be done you know ? time for Reece James to step up maybe!
— DeadCertAlert (@DeadCertAlert) August 11, 2019
Remember the name Reece James! Azpi be ready to sit on the bench. pic.twitter.com/2ogjW7AYi9
— BlueBloodCFC (@Bblood_cfc) August 12, 2019
It’s actually painful watching Azpi trying to chase Pogba, Pogba is not even that quick, he has to be the slowest defender in the league, Reece James is a must, it has to happen
— Lampard Cultist (@MadMontana) August 11, 2019
Reece James is needed back big time Azpi no longer has the legs to play full back in todays game #CFC
— Marcus (@Tilma90) August 11, 2019