Ex-Blue Pat Nevin compares James to Branislav Ivanovic: 'Exceptional for his age'
- Reece James emerged as one of the brightest Chelsea prospects.
- His versatility and work-rate are earning him a name.
- Ex-Chelsea winger Pat Nevin compares James to no other than Ivanovic.
"He is definitely [a serious prospect]. Branislav Ivanovic was the same player. That’s a big compliment. He’s exceptional for his age," Nevin told the Irish radio station Newstalk.
All in all, James has shown a lot of potential this season so far. The full-back has made 9 appearances across all competitions for the senior side, scoring 2 goals and proving an assist. Reece has been great in terms of both offence and defence.
James' heroics is hardly surprising. The 19-year-old was arguably the best performer at Wigan in the 2018/19 campaign. The Englishman played 45 of possible 46 games within the Championship, started in all of them and played the whole 90 minutes in 44.
Reece is also known for his versatility. For the Latics, the Blues' Academy kid regularly featured both as a right-back and as a holding midfielder and even played a game at centre-back.