Chelsea starlet Reece James nullified Wilfried Zaha on his first PL start

Reece James battles with Wilfred Zaha

Reece James, remember the name.

The 19-year-old was handed his first Premier League start by Frank Lampard today against Crystal Palace and he was given the difficult task of marking Wilfried Zaha.

Palace's main man is one of the toughest wide players to get near in world football, but James marshalled him perfectly.

But the Chelsea man didn't just nullify the Zaha threat, he also contributed heavily in attack for the Blues.

Below, you'll find a video of Joe Cole and Owen Hargreaves analysing James' performance on BT Sport and it's quite fascinating.

Chelsea fans, you have a serious talent on your hands.


A teenager marking a world-class winger out of the game on his first Premier League start? You love to see it.

The 19-year-old's stats from the game were mighty impressive as well.

James recorded an 85% pass accuracy, four successful dribbles, four crosses, three fouls drawn, three interceptions and two tackles.

Not bad, not bad at all!

James defending against Zaha

James' inclusion saw Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta drop out of the starting XI for the first time in over 70 games.

In fact, the Spaniard had started 147 of the Blues' past 148 Premier League games, but he now faces the task of ousting James from the XI after the international break.

The Englishman possesses many physical attributes that Azpilicueta is slowly losing in his older years.

James is lightning quick, is comfortable drifting inside into a central position and can whip in some beautiful crosses, departments in which the Chelsea captain has been lacking in this season.

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