Chelsea appear to have slammed the door shut on the idea that Reece James could leave the club on loan once again this summer, with the Telegraph reporting that the Blues have knocked back ‘at least’ eight enquiries.
James’ stock has risen substantially over the past 12 months. Being named our academy player of the year will have been a major milestone for the teenager, but even he couldn’t have imagined he’d do so well during his first season in professional football.
The Englishman was one of the best players throughout last season’s Championship campaign, being named Wigan’s player of the year and subsequently being drafted straight into Frank Lampard’s Chelsea first-team squad for the coming season.
At 19-years-old, you could argue that he needs to be playing first-team football on a regular basis. Whether he will be given the chance to this season is unclear, but Lampard and the Chelsea upper brass appear to have a great deal of faith in him.
The Telegraph report that as many as eight enquiries have been knocked back for James, with Chelsea adamant that he will be staying at the club, rather than being sent out once again on a temporary basis. The loan army has permanently lost one of its finest.