Lampard wants to push James further up the field

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hinted at a new role for Reece James.

The English player who made his debut for the club in the Premier League under Frank earlier this season, has been tipped to play further up front.

‘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 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.’

He [Azpilicueta] took it, as I thought he would do, as a perfect professional and it was not a problem,’ he added. ‘He wants to play, of course he does, but I think he also understands the quality of Reece. ‘He’s played every game barring the Carabao Cup, and every minute of the games, so I don’t think it’s the worst for him to have a bit of a rest and now he can go away and have a rest. We’ve got massive games coming up after the break.’

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