Why Reece James is ‘being groomed for future Chelsea leadership role’ after Potter & Boehly decision
Reece James could be on course to become the next Chelsea captain after impressing Graham Potter and the Chelsea hierarchy, according to reports.
As reported by Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, the 23-year-old has become a ‘hugely important player’ in the eyes of Potter and the ownership led by Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital.
Despite results not being overly positive in recent months, with Chelsea winning just two of their last 13 Premier League games, James has been full of praise for Potter who was appointed as Thomas Tuchel’s successor last September.
“He’s a proven manager, that’s the reason he got the job,” James told beINSPORTS earlier this week. “I don’t think that him not managing in the competition means he can’t go on and win it. It’s just something that hadn’t been ticked off yet.”
On Potter’s tactical flexibility, he added: “There’s basic tactics and some that change from game to game depending on the opponents. Everyone’s understanding their roles.
“With time, the new players understanding it, we’ll gel and get stronger.”
James signed a new six-year contract until June 2028 last September, saying at the time: “I am over the moon with my new contract and I’m thankful for the fans, the new ownership and everyone involved in the club. I cannot wait to see what the future holds, and I am sure we will have the chance of winning many trophies.
“I grew up supporting this club and I’ve been here since I was a six-year-old. I put pen to paper on a new deal because this is the club I want to be at. I’d like to say a special thanks to the fans, I am here to stay and we have a bright future ahead of us.”
After graduating through the Cobham ranks and being hailed by the new owners publicly following his new contract, James is being earmarked to become the club’s new captain.
Cesar Azpilicueta, who is currently the club captain, could depart this summer, while Thiago Silva is running out of years despite his ever-impressive performances at the age of 38.
Matt Law claims James is being ‘groomed for a leadership role’ and the right-back is seen as potential future captain of the club.
Chelsea also believe he ‘can be a leader within their new-look team for many years to come’.
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