Reece James has become a stand-out star for Chelsea in recent weeks, but Frank Lampard believes he only has the capacity to get better.
After an ankle injury kept the 20-year-old out of action at the beginning of the campaign, the right-back has nailed a place in the starting XI.
In the 2-2 draw at Leicester City at the weekend, James put in several superb crosses into the Foxes’s box, with the Blues players unable to put away the chances.
However, in the second half, Harvey Barnes’s equaliser flicked off the boot of the youngster and past Willy Caballero into the back of the net.
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James’s performances have earned plenty of plaudits over the course of the last few weeks, and Lampard is excited about how far his talent can get him.
“Yeah, that’s not new, that’s been in our recent form,” Lampard said about the youngster’s crossing ability. “I know he had a small injury and missed the game against Arsenal and Hull.
“He is a weapon for us with his crossing. We should have got on the end of them more, for sure, and he is solid defensively. When you think about his age, you can get excited about Reece.
“There is a lot more he can do, obviously, but I’m really pleased with the way he is developing at the moment.
“There are all sides to his game he can work. I’m not going to improve his crossing I don’t think, that is a bit of a natural one.
“But at the same time we can talk about his position, the link up with the winger who is in front of him, the midfield players, his defensive attributes, because that is first and foremost and making sure he is in the right position and recovers to the right areas.
“He is very open to that, and should be. As with the young Chelsea players are, they are sponges. They want to learn and are easily coached.
“And they want…