Frank Lampard rates Reece James performance up against Wilfried Zaha

Reece James impressed on his full Premier League debut against Crystal Palace
Reece James impressed on his full debut against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard admitted he was pleased with Reece James after the teenager impressed on his full Premier League debut.

The 19-year-old deputised for membership captain Cesar Azpilicueta who had began every of Chelsea’s earlier 73 Premier League matches.

James confronted a formidable opponent within the form of , a reported Chelsea switch goal, however completely dominated the Ivory Coast worldwide winger and supplied an everyday attacking outlet.

‘I am proud and I believe in them and with Reece as well,’ Lampard advised BT Sport.

‘Azpi is our captain I spoke to him before the game, he’s a terrific chief for the membership and so vital.



‘I just felt we could get Reece some minutes and he’s deserved them with the way in which he’s skilled and performed.

‘With Zaha I thought what better test? Every team has players that can hurt you on the counter attack and he’s top-of-the-line.

‘I assumed might we harm them the opposite method and make him run again greater than forwards.

‘I’ve bought belief in Reece defensively. It was a very spectacular recreation from him and he’ll get a lot better.’

Chelsea moved, quickly no less than, up into second place due to a 2-Zero win secured by second half targets from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic.

Abraham moved up into double figures for the season and after a number of productive mortgage spells, the England worldwide insisted he all the time felt he might thrive at Stamford Bridge

‘The No.9’s who’ve been at Chelsea have been world-class strikers and it was a giant job for me to tackle however I used to be prepared, he stated.

‘I felt ready in myself and I’m sporting it and I’m proud to be the No.9.’

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