Reece James is a professional footballer from England who is one of the budding young talents eager to prove their worth in the English League. He is one player that has particularly grabbed the attention of the EPL top-flight teams. James has been in the centre of attention during the summer transfer as two EPL teams contend to add this vibrant young talent to their squad. We consider the journey of this young star in our Reece James biography facts, childhood and personal life.
Reece James Biography Facts
|Full Name:||Reece James|
|Born:||December 8, 1999 (age 19)|
|Place of Birth:||Redbridge, England|
|Current Team:||Chelsea F.C. (loan to Wigan Athletic F.C.)|
|Playing Position:||Right back|
|Strong Foot:||Right foot|
|Parents:||Nigel James (father)|
|Siblings:||Laureen James (sister)|
|Net Worth:||Under Review|
|Occupation:||Football (Soccer) Player|
Reece James Childhood and Early Life
Reece James, born on the 8th of December 1999, began his journey in the world of football by age 6 at the English football club, Chelsea. At Chelsea, James played at various positions, from striking to the midfield before he settled at the defence. James played for Chelsea academy throughout his early days.
Reece James Football Career
After playing for years at Chelsea’s academy, James turned professional in 2017 at the age of 17. That season, he experienced a bit of breakthrough as he captained Chelsea’s under-18 side to a successful youth FA Cup and League title. James further led his side to the Uefa Youth league campaign where they emerged runner-up. After his success in the 2017/18 season, James was named Academy Player of the Year at Chelsea amidst tough competition.
Chelsea FC (2018–date)
A player of great physical build, James is known to be capable of playing in several positions which includes, Right full back, Right centre back as well as Right wing-back.
During the summer of 2018, James signed a 4-year contract extension with Chelsea, after which he was loaned to Wigan Athletic for the 2018/19 season. At Wigan, James consistently proved to be a great asset to the team, which can be alluded to his versatility and flexibility. James featured in the entire 48 games Wigan played in the English Football League (EFL) in the 2018/19 season. James’ unique style of play did not go unnoticed as Wigan chairman, David Sharpe predicted James would be enlisted in the English Premier League (EPL) team of the year in future years. James has been honoured with Wigan Player of the Month honours on two successive months, evidence of the impact his gameplay has had on the team.
James is the only player below the age of 22 who have made great passes in the English Football League (EFL), which is a noteworthy achievement for a full back. In 42 championship matches during the 2018/19 season, this young defender had made 91 tackles, 93 clearances, 54 blocks and 44 dribbles. James sums his impressive stats with a pass accuracy of 71%, the highest for a defender in the English Football League (EFL).
In 45 games James played in the English Football League (EFL), he has scored 3 goals. James Sturdy physique is of considerable advantage as a right back as it energizes his gameplay and aids his impressive clearances.
James admitted in an interview with chelseafc.com that he is brushing up on his setpieces as well as long-range shots, this had been evident in his gameplay. An instance of which is his stunning long-range goal against Briston City fired from 40yards with his deadly right foot. James incredible style of play hasn’t gone unnoticed as he had been compared to ace Manchester United Striker Romelu Lukaku by his Wigan Athletic teammate Jonas Olsson. In an interview with Wigan Today, Olsson said: “I’ve played with some really good players in my time…including Lukaku at West Brom when he was also 19….and I would say Reece is absolutely up there with him in terms of quality.” Aside from being hailed by his teammates, James has been the censure of attention for the Wigan Athletic fans, dominating the fans—voted Player of the Month honour. During his final match for the Latics, James was given the privilege of captaining the team. James was named to English Football league (EFL) 2018/19 Team of the Season. He was also honoured with the Wigan Athletic Player of the Year Award in the 2018/19 season.
Rumours of several Premier League side apparent interest in James have emerged, notably of which is Manchester United. United’s interest in this wonder kid has sparked calls from Chelsea fans for Reece to be included in the first team. These calls come at a time when defender David Zappacosta has returned to Italy, and an unimpressive performance from other first-team choices, James could serve as a replacement to such ones. It has been reported that Chelsea has rejected several bids for this young talent, which includes a £10 million offer by EPL side Brighton. Crystal Palace, as well as Everton, have indicated interest in the right back. With Chelsea already facing a summer transfer ban for the 2018/19 transfer window, James Reece is likely to remain at Stamford Bridge.
National Team Career
Following his successive 2017/18 season campaign, where he won youth FA and league titles, James was included in the English U-18, U-19 and U-20 sides in a season. James was part of England’s U-19 side who triumphed at the UEFA European U-19 championship held in Georgia. James was also part of the English U-20 side who defeated Ivory Coast to defend their Toulon tournament in 2017. He was awarded the Toulon Young Player of the Final award and was named to the Toulon team of the tournament.
Reece James Personal Life
Reece James personal life is not quite known. James has always been passionate about football, which he has been actively involved in since he was 6 years old. James hails former Chelsea players John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba as his heroes. James’ sister, Lauren, plays for Manchester United Women team.
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