(Video): “Then I knew he was the real deal”

Reece James was perhaps the only player to come out of this weekend’s game with any credit.

He created more than any other player going forward, and was solid at the back. It was only with him off the field that we ended up conceding in the final moments.

Speaking on TalkSport, former Blue Mario Melchiot couldn’t get enough of him, and explained that the moment he realised how good James was was when the right back “kept Zaha quiet… then I knew he was the real deal.”

We’re surprised it took you so long, Mario.

You can see the clip here:

“Reece James kept Zaha quiet and then I knew he was the real deal.” 👏

“We all know about him going forward with his crossing and strength.” 💪

“He’s getting better and better.” 📈@MarioMelchiot expects big things from #CFC’s @ReeceJames_24 🔵 pic.twitter.com/H5HrvkuBd1

— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 20, 2020