The 19-year-old impressed in opposition to Crystal Palace on Saturday when he stored Wilfried Zaha quiet throughout Chelsea’s 2-Zero win in opposition to the Eagles at Stamford Bridge.
The teenager was enjoying in his favoured right-back position however he faces competitors from Cesar Azpilicueta for a beginning berth and Lampard needs to retain some expertise in what’s a younger again 5.
Lampard hasn’t been scared to throw younger gamers into the combination this time period and is eager for James to get extra expertise.
And Lampard believes James may accomplish that with a central midfield position.
‘Right-back would be his favoured position,’ admitted Lampard.
‘Whether it be there, right wing-back or right of a three. As he’s coming into the staff, you’d see him there however he does have that all-round sport that he may deal with enjoying centrally in midfield if wants be.
‘At the moment we’ve bought good gamers in there who’re used to enjoying in there anyway, however he may at all times do this as he matures by way of his profession.’
James got here in for Azpilicueta on Saturday in a considerably stunning transfer given the Spaniard’s good kind.
But Lampard says he took the choice effectively and understands the membership’s must rotate.
He [Azpilicueta] took it, as I assumed he would do, as an ideal skilled and it was not an issue,’ he added. ‘He needs to play, after all he does, however I believe he additionally understands the standard of Reece.
‘He’s performed each sport barring the Carabao Cup, and each minute of the video games, so I don’t assume it’s the worst for him to have a little bit of a relaxation and now he can go away and have a relaxation. We’ve bought huge video games arising after the break.’