Frank Lampard has told the media that he would be open to the idea of playing Chelsea defender Reece James in midfield.
Defenders are usually found playing at the back for their good qualities off the ball. However, Lampard has clearly spotted a player who he thinks he can convert to a midfielder.
Lampard will not be the first manager to try such a move with Joshua Kimmich being transferred from centre midfield to right back by Pep Guardiola and Philippe Lahm who played all his career at right back becoming a central midfielder under Pep again.
“Right-back would be his favoured position,” Lampard said.
“Whether it be there, right wing-back or right of a three.
“As he’s coming into the team, you’d see him there but he does have that all-round game that he could handle playing centrally in midfield if needs be.
“At the moment we’ve got good players in there who are used to playing in there anyway, but he could always do that as he matures through his career.”
Chelsea have an abundance of players in midfield with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic starting almost every match for the Blues. They also have the impressive N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek is yet to return. Youngster Billy Gilmour has shown great promise as well.
If James were to join the midfield class, where exactly does Lampard plan to fit him?