According to Football Insider, Everton look set to suffer disappointment in their bid to sign Chelsea defender Reece James, who would have been ideal for the Seamus Coleman role in Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Well, Football Insider report that the Toffees tried to sign the versatile 20-year-old on loan during the summer transfer window but failed, and they had expressed interest in him again ahead of the current window.
However, the report says that James is now set to sign a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, and as a result won’t be going anywhere.
When the Italian arrived as Marco Silva’s successor it would have been understandable to assume that he would have played his preferred 4-4-2 formation – the one he used regularly at Napoli.
While that has been the case on some occasions, he has tended to use a slightly different system during his short spell the majority of the time.
That has been a 3-4-1-2/3-4-3 system that incorporates Lucas Digne and Djibril Sidibe as wing-backs, leaving right-back Seamus Coleman as a right-sided centre-back instead.
It has worked on some occasions but not on others, including in the defeat to Liverpool on Sunday when the 31-year-old looked far from comfortable on the ball, and was generally unable to make a difference.
The Republic of Ireland international – and club captain – has also come under criticism from fans for his displays this season, and certainly isn’t the player he once was.
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Meanwhile, James is at the beginning of his career, is relatively quick and can make an impact in the final third – as shown by the two goals and three assists he has in 2019/20 – while he has averaged 1.2 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game (compared to 1.2 and 0.8 for Coleman) in his 10 Premier League outings this term according to WhoScored.
The fact he can also play centre-back – as he has done on many occasions for Chelsea’s youth teams as per the matches where his position has been recorded by Transfermarkt – shows he could have been the future of that right-sided role under Ancelotti – Chelsea supporters are certainly impressed with the 20-year-old.