Crystal Palace are in the hunt for an Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacement following his £50m departure to Manchester United this summer and one player that looks to be out of their reach is Chelsea’s Reece James after a £20m bid was rejected – much to the delight of some of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
James is yet to even feature for Chelsea in a senior appearance but has hugely impressed during the first loan spell of his career last season, at Wigan Athletic. He played 45 times in the Championship, scoring three goals, assisting three more and he even picked up seven Man of the Match awards as Wigan finished in a lowly 18th position.
The Wigan Player of the Year was also amongst the Championship Team of the Season and was part of the England Lions’ 2017 Toulon Tournament winning squad. This summer, he was again part of the team in the very same tournament but during the final group game against Chile he was stretchered off with an ankle injury.
Many fans at Chelsea believe James is the future at right-back with one fan suggesting he is a legend in the making and will be an international someday. Another supporter hoped Davide Zappacosta would move aside so that the 19-year-old could get his break.
The rising talent is expected to be out through injury until at least September but that hasn’t stopped members of the Stamford Bridge crowd throwing their support behind him claiming he’s worth £200m and that he should be kept at all costs.
Here’s the best selection of tweets from Chelsea supporters surrounding Palace’s bid for James:
Reece James will be an international full back!! Won’t miss many games for us. Will be valued at such a ridiculous price only Real Madrid will be able get him. A CHELSEA LEGEND in the making..Sit down Crystal Palace…….Sit down EVERYONE….He’s a CHELSEA THING!!!!!! ????????????????????
— Alan Blaikie (@AlanBlaikie) July 21, 2019
Haha no chance
— Dan (@Oscyle) July 22, 2019
I think he is the future. He needs playing time, he needs zappscosta out of the way
— idiflexzy (@idiflexzy) July 22, 2019
Reece James is worth 200 million
— Eli Pettitt (@PettittEli) July 22, 2019
He should be kept at all costs.
— Eli Naddour (@EliNaddour) July 22, 2019
Better not even think of sell him wtf.
— ???????? (@markezzeh17) July 22, 2019
The defending of Aaron-Wan Bissaka.
The attacking of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Going right to the top. ???????? pic.twitter.com/2KOhydQQfE
— Tac (@CFCTac_) July 20, 2019
Reece James was head and shoulders above the rest in his positionS last season. All the more impressive in a struggling Wigan side. Showing that he didnt need the leagues best players around him to be the best.
With 0 premier league appreances. Reece is premier league standard.
— ???????????? | (@matissearmani) July 20, 2019