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1 hour ago, Blues Forever said:

Would be terrible idea, James isn't very good defensively unlike Azpilicueta.

James is a decent 1 vs 1 defender. His defensive shortcoming is his positioning in a back four (look at the Bayern match), which is much less of a problem at RCB. He is strong, has a good leap and decent enough pace for the RCB position. His lack of stamina wouldn´t be that much of a problem also when compared to his wingback outings. 

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5 hours ago, Blues Forever said:

Would be terrible idea, James isn't very good defensively unlike Azpilicueta.

Anyone who isn't very good at defending shouldn't really have any position in the defence, especially for teams looking to challenge for the big trophies.

For me, one of his big problems is his physique. He looks more like a Rugby League player than a footballer. He's a bit too big and bulky which makes him a bit too slow in his reactions and movements and a bit one paced, which also makes h look a bit lazy at times.

 

 

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20 hours ago, NikkiCFC said:

I feel he regressed from last season. Dont offer much.

Seems to lack intensity and concentration. Still young enough and has got the potential, it just takes a bit of work to get those things, maybe through experience at the top level also. I mean look at Trent Alexander-Arnold, his intensity in defending and concentration hasn’t been there this season. Doesnt mean hes a poor player or that he cannot turn it around. I do think CHOs emergence at RWB with Tuchel should push him more though, Callum has sort of fined his defensive side of his game as we have seen at times and whilst he’s not a natural defender, he does the yards and he’s also more fearless and direct with the ball which can hurt teams where as James seems more reserved in that department, not looking to beat his man a lot.

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Don't see why people are rating him so highly. Seems to close his eyes and just cross anywhere when there's many better options. Rather than sending through forwards he stops and goes backwards or sends a cross to the GK. Shouldn't sell him, but definitely need an upgrade in RB in summer. 

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32 minutes ago, DANILA said:

Don't see why people are rating him so highly. Seems to close his eyes and just cross anywhere when there's many better options. Rather than sending through forwards he stops and goes backwards or sends a cross to the GK. Shouldn't sell him, but definitely need an upgrade in RB in summer. 

Nonsense. 

 

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50 minutes ago, MoroccanBlue said:

Nonsense. 

 

Don't think it's nonsense at all, he's not good enough at this moment if we're trying to get back into a top 4 european side.

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3 minutes ago, DANILA said:

Don't think it's nonsense at all, he's not good enough at this moment if we're trying to get back into a top 4 european side.

So bin him off because you don't fancy him this season? Again, nonsense. We already finished Top 4 with James playing as RB. Just because he isn't wowing everyone while playing in a relatively new position doesn't mean to bin him completely when he is still our most talented youth product. 

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3 minutes ago, MoroccanBlue said:

So bin him off because you don't fancy him this season? Again, nonsense. We already finished Top 4 with James playing as RB. Just because he isn't wowing everyone while playing in a relatively new position doesn't mean to bin him completely when he is still our most talented youth product. 

Sure, that's the mentality when you're at spurs level and ambition, not at CFC. Why bin him, he would still get tons of opportunity in the cups and weaker UCL group games, plus he would learn from someone better and more experienced. I don't expect Azpi to stay much longer either. Let's not make reference to last season which was an absolute shithousery at the end and kind of got lucky with LEI shitting the bed; it was a very low points total relative to other seasons.

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People are speaking RCB or RWB but I think midfield. Now we lost Kova and Tuchel confirmed he did not planned to play Kante for 90mins because it is a risk. So James need to step up and play in double pivot.

He played as MF for Wigan and naturally this should be best position for him. I hope TT is aware of this option.

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8 minutes ago, MoroccanBlue said:

So bin him off because you don't fancy him this season? Again, nonsense. We already finished Top 4 with James playing as RB. Just because he isn't wowing everyone while playing in a relatively new position doesn't mean to bin him completely when he is still our most talented youth product. 

Nobody is talking about binning him completely. Just saying we need an upgrade as first choice RB for next season.

At the moment, James is struggling to  kick on and with the exception of Mount, so are our other Chelsea boys. I'm personally not in any hurry to see us sell any of them.  At worst, they're already useful squad players and only time will tell if they can up their levels to be first choice players for a club which wants to win the league.

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48 minutes ago, chippy said:

Nobody is talking about binning him completely. Just saying we need an upgrade as first choice RB for next season.

At the moment, James is struggling to  kick on and with the exception of Mount, so are our other Chelsea boys. I'm personally not in any hurry to see us sell any of them.  At worst, they're already useful squad players and only time will tell if they can up their levels to be first choice players for a club which wants to win the league.

And I reiterate for a third time, its nonsense.

I've genuinely lost count of certain members nitpicking (yes, that's what it is. Nitpicking) faults in our youth players.  First it was Mount and that he needs to be out on loan, some suggesting over Gallagher, and now James apparently isn't good enough. I've already seen the former prove such comments to be utterly nonsense, looking forward to James proving the same when he's hardly put a foot wrong in a season where every club has been inconsistent. 

50 minutes ago, chippy said:

Btw. We should never have sold Lampety, who is a better player than James.

Bookmarked. Cannot wait to revisit this next season. 

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3 hours ago, chippy said:

Btw. We should never have sold Lampety, who is a better player than James.

Based on what? 7 games at the start of the season and a handful of games last season? Really?

No doubt he is a good prospect but again, people throwing James under the bus for others is nothing new and it’s jumping the gun to say that Lamptey is better based on maybe what 15 games...?

This is basically the Connor Gallagher v Mason Mount thing again, in all realism if Lamptey played here and James at Brighton it would be the exact same situation but your post would be “James is better than Lamptey why did we sell him”. Its not harder to play for Brighton or West Brom than it is for Chelsea because the expectations are so much more extreme and the level you have to be at it. Here a draw is basically a disaster 75% of the time and 2 points dropped the majority of the time, at a Brighton or a WBA it is a point gained. The lesser expectations also means that if a player has a bad game or two at a smaller club, you shrug it off or you say well its to be expected or we played a top team today, but at a big club obviously the managers and players demand much more from each other. 

Reece has put in some very solid performances in his near full 2 seasons here. Hes maybe lacking a bit of intensity and concentration at times in the games, you can see it but its something that will get drilled into him for sure because we have big players and a big manager. He could also be a bit more adventurous in the final third as he has excellent delivery at times and tends to be a bit predictable but hes also had games where he’s had these and played well. I think his development is going alright overall from the player he was at Wigan to now, the level has changed and he has still managed to come in, step up to the level, get called up to the English NT also and also look like he belongs there as well as here. 

2 hours ago, MoroccanBlue said:

And I reiterate for a third time, its nonsense.

I've genuinely lost count of certain members nitpicking (yes, that's what it is. Nitpicking) faults in our youth players.  First it was Mount and that he needs to be out on loan, some suggesting over Gallagher, and now James apparently isn't good enough. I've already seen the former prove such comments to be utterly nonsense, looking forward to James proving the same when he's hardly put a foot wrong in a season where every club has been inconsistent. 

Bookmarked. Cannot wait to revisit this next season. 

Fully agree. The funny thing is, some of the people critising James now were probably shouting when he was at Wigan he was better than Wan Bissaka and definitely should be our first choice/come into the role ahead of Azpi. Obviously young players can be inconsistent, its what happens to most when they are young players, bar a select handful. Even Haaland or Mbappe will have a period where they maybe have a run of poor games. It happens. Wouldn’t worry about it. Next season it will be another young player ie. Connor Gallagher and someone else we’ve loaned/let go, for instance say if Gilmour left on loan. 

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10 hours ago, chippy said:

Anyone who isn't very good at defending shouldn't really have any position in the defence, especially for teams looking to challenge for the big trophies.

For me, one of his big problems is his physique. He looks more like a Rugby League player than a footballer. He's a bit too big and bulky which makes him a bit too slow in his reactions and movements and a bit one paced, which also makes h look a bit lazy at times.

 

 

Nah I think he is just a composed character who can look phlegmatic at times. Nothing wrong with his physique . Adama traore is similar height, much bigger and still agile as a gazelle

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I just think Lamprey is better on the balll and has more agility than James. The only things James has over Lamptey is height and strength.

 

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19 hours ago, chippy said:

I just think Lamprey is better on the balll and has more agility than James. The only things James has over Lamptey is height and strength.

 

Lamptey is obviously more exciting to watch because he is a real livewire and looks to take on his man at every attempt. But I don't agree that he is better than James. James has his odd lapses defensively but he is a better defender than Lamptey. Much better crosses of the ball and has one of the best deliviries around. I don't see how you could suggest Lamptey is better on the ball than James. James technique is one of his best assets.

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I seriously question how long some people have been watching football. How old is James? 20/21? What are people expecting from him exactly? World class performances week in, week out? I am sorry but it doesn't work like that. With young players you have to give them opportunities and time to develop. It is very unusual to get a young player like Rooney or Mbappe who are ready from the age of 18 or in Rooney's case 16/17. 

This thread is starting to become reminiscent of the Mount one, who at one time should've been replaced with Gallagher and only played because he was SFL's son. 

Furthermore, some of the people complaining are also probably the one's who moan about us selling KdB and Salah. However, guess what, they were sold as they weren't 'ready' to play at world class levels, week in, week out at 22-23, let alone 20-21. 

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1 hour ago, King Kante said:

I seriously question how long some people have been watching football. How old is James? 20/21? What are people expecting from him exactly? World class performances week in, week out? I am sorry but it doesn't work like that. With young players you have to give them opportunities and time to develop. It is very unusual to get a young player like Rooney or Mbappe who are ready from the age of 18 or in Rooney's case 16/17. 

This thread is starting to become reminiscent of the Mount one, who at one time should've been replaced with Gallagher and only played because he was SFL's son. 

Furthermore, some of the people complaining are also probably the one's who moan about us selling KdB and Salah. However, guess what, they were sold as they weren't 'ready' to play at world class levels, week in, week out at 22-23, let alone 20-21. 

Again, nobody is suggesting we sell James any time soon!

Selling Lamprey for a laughable 3 million was criminal! Might as well have given him a free transfer. The only possible reason I can think of for why the club rated him so low, was maybe he's one of those odd players who aren't great trainers and need the match day atmosphere to show their best.

As for KDB and Salah. I've read that they both wanted to leave due to lack of playing time, so we let them go.

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18 minutes ago, chippy said:

Selling Lamprey for a laughable 3 million was criminal! Might as well have given him a free transfer. The only possible reason I can think of for why the club rated him so low, was maybe he's one of those odd players who aren't great trainers and need the match day atmosphere to show their best.

Lamptey wanted to leave and had 6 months left on his contract, that's why the valuation was low. If he'd stayed and played U23 footie for the remainder of the season he'd have been a free agent so 3 million was definitely better than nothing for a player who had a grand total of 45 minutes professional football under his belt.

The club offered Lamptey an extension but he refused because he wanted a clearer path to first team football and Brighton were willing to give him that. With a reliable veteran like Azpilicueta and a hugely rated youngster like James in the team I really can't blame the club nor Lamptey himself for the situations around his transfer.

 

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