Chelsea’s right hand side has been a problematic area on the pitch for some time now, with Cesar Azpilicueta always being a more defensive full back, and Willian preferring to go inside.
With this said, Chelsea have not really been utilising the potential attacking threat that a wide area can bring, especially with attack minded full backs.
Now, Reece James has burst onto the scene and he has been one of Chelsea’s best players in the last few matches. James has all the threat of a great attacking full back and delivers a very dangerous whipped cross.
Alongside Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has joined him over on the right in the last couple of matches, this is a combination that as got Chelsea fans excited.
Now THIS is the kind of right hand side I’m talking about! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/B6xndgEh87
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) January 5, 2020
They look so dangerous and offer a double threat to defenders both having the ability to cut in, cross, beat their man, or hit the byline.
Even the Chelsea manager has picked up on how dangerous the pairing look.
Speaking to the Chelsea website, Lampard said:
“With Reece [who assisted the goal] it’s not all about those crosses, which are really eye-catching, he can also play.
“There’s obviously things he can improve and defensively we’ll work with him on the training ground, but he’s a smart footballer.
“He takes up really good positions sometimes, he’s slightly inside as well higher up the pitch, sometimes really wide.
“It was nice to see the combination between him and Callum. It was a really dangerous combination for Burnley and we made good use of it.
“They’ve both got different talents. When Callum’s higher and he’s running at people and being as aggressive with the ball as he was in this game, with Reece behind him, of course it’s a big thing.
“It’s not just that combination, we have different options, and Reece has brought that to the table, and it’ll be a work in progress. Hopefully it’ll improve.”