FRANK LAMPARD has challenged Chelsea to capitalise on the quality of academy graduate Reece James’ crossing.
The 19-year-old right-back (pictured) shone as Chelsea beat Burnley 3-0 on Saturday, whipping a stunning cross for Tammy Abraham’s goal which added to Jorginho’s penalty, before Callum Hudson-Odoi sealed victory.
James has forced his way into Chelsea’s starting XI and Lampard said: ‘He’s got a great, great delivery of cross and much more than that too.
‘He’s good on the ball and he’s physically so good as well, and he’s so young, so this is just the start for him. The way I want us to play, the full-backs are going to be huge for us.
‘If I want to get it right they have to join in and be an attacking threat. He’s a big weapon that we have to use well. We have to be ready to anticipate and get across people and make goals like we did with the Tammy one today.’
Clarets boss Sean Dyche had no complaints with the result but praised his own English starlet Dwight McNeil. ‘He was outstanding and he must be one of the top talents in the country for me at the moment,’ said Dyche.