Reece James

Chelsea appear reluctant to let go of a loanee who has impressed at every opportunity this season – Reece James.

James won our academy player of the year at the end of last season, ahead of now first-teamer Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The natural next step for the Englishman was a loan stint away from the Bridge, with Wigan Athletic being the lucky club.

James has not only been the Latics’ player of the season, but he’s also been one of the best in the Championship.

The manner in which such a young player has taken to a competitive league like a fish to water has to be commended.

He is ready for Premier League football, but it’s unclear whether Chelsea are yet prepared to give him a shot.

The early signs are positive, with The Sun reporting that we’ve rejected a £10M bid from Brighton for James’ services.

If we saw him merely as an opportunity to bank some cash, we’d probably use this opportunity to get rid.

It’s evidence that Chelsea have faith in him, which we ought to. He’ll be playing for England one day – there’s no doubt about it.

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