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Chelsea: Rio Ferdinand chooses Reece James as young player of the season

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Rio Ferdinand has chosen Chelsea defender Reece James as the young player of the season for the Premier League. James has had a tough season muddled with injuries. However, James has stepped up whenever his services was required.

Reece James has found a spot under Thomas Tuchel in the first team. James finds himself playing either as a center back or a right back. However, James excels when he plays in his natural position at right back. The 22 year old has found the back of the net 5 times and has assisted 6 more times.

Rio Ferdinand chose James as his young player of the season and talked about his ability.

“I’m going to go Reece James [for Premier League young player of the season]. I just think the importance that he has in this team, when he doesn’t play in that team now they miss him massively. He has a massive impact in that team, I watched him at Old Trafford the other day… he was treating some Man United players like boys. That’s how good he is, how comfortable he looks now. I’ve seen him on loan at Wigan playing centre-back, playing in midfield. He’s so versatile. His passing range is off the charts. Just his all-round general play, the composure, the physicality, his defending one-v-one. I think he’s got everything.”

James finds praise from opposition

Reece James found praise from the Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick after the match against his side at Old Trafford. Rangnick claimed James and Mount were causing issues for United from the right flank and Rangnick opened up on that.

“I decided to bring on Phil Jones as they were causing us problems on their right side with Reece James and Mason Mount, so it was difficult for Alex Telles to get hold of that,”

James is to extend his contract for the Blues and will likely play for them for a couple of years.

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