Reece James should think about changing to a centre-back because he won’t supplant Trent Alexander-Arnold as England’s right back. That is the view of former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair.
Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a tremendous season for Liverpool, who are closing in on the Premier League title.
In his 25 appearances for Liverpool, Alexander-Arnold has provided 10 assists and scored two goals, making him one of Europe’s most dangerous goal creators.
But in his debut season for Chelsea, James has caught the eye with his all-round play.
The 20-year-old has scored twice and bagged four assists in his 22 appearances in all competitions.
He has also impressed enough for manager Frank Lampard to move club captain Cesar Azpilicueta from his favoured position to left-back.
At international level, England boss Gareth Southgate has an abundance of options in the right-back position.
Kieran Trippier, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Alexander-Arnold and James are all fighting for two spots in the squad for the European Championships this summer.
James has not played at centre-back for Chelsea this season but his pace and athleticism could transfer well into the centre of defence.
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And Sinclair feels if James wants to play for England long term, centre back could be his best chance of regular minutes.
“Reece James has looked fantastic this season,” Sinclair told Genting Bet. “Can he challenge Trent Alexander-Arnold for a starting position for England?
“If I was Reece James, I might be clever and try and to start playing centre half or something because Trent Alexander is going to be a hard man to lodge out of that position the way that he’s playing at the moment.
“But, it’s internationals and you need world class players in every position if you want to really seriously challenge at that level.
“So, to have someone like Reece James, who will fight for that second slot as the natural right back, that’s a good thing. You’ve obviously also got Wan Bissaka at Man United, but I don’t think he’s particularly been in great form this season.
“The one thing about Reece James that will get him into England squads regularly is his adaptability, he can play centre half, he can play right back, he can play central midfield.
“He came back off a great loan period at Wigan, where for the second half of that loan spell, he played centre mid and was unbelievable in there as well.
“When I spoke to Jody Morris after a FA Youth Cup victory for Chelsea a couple of seasons ago, he touched on how good Reece James was. He was saying Callum Hudson-Odoi gets a lot of the plaudits, but Reece James is just unbelievable.
“So now he’s coming to fruition and I can see him kicking on and being in Chelsea’s team for the next 10 years or so and being a real mainstay.”
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