Chelsea emerged as potential suitors for Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard after Roman Abramovich made his feelings clear about a potential return to Stamford Bridge for the Belgian.
The 30-year-old winger swapped Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2019 for an initial £89m before the deal rose to a mouth-watering £150m.
However, Hazard, who often captained Chelsea during his x year tenure in west London, has struggled to pick any form in the Spanish capital having been hampered with injuries problems.
Carlo Ancelotti has since spoken on the Belgian’s future, claiming that he has never stood in a player’s way that wants to leave.
Despite El Nacional‘s reports claiming that Abramovich believes Hazard could rekindle his status as one of the best players in the world if he were to return to Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel already has a that can save the £34m that the Russian was willing to pay.
So, Jai Mcintosh was joined by football.london Chelsea correspondents Sam Inkersole and Adam Newson live on the Carefree Chelsea show to delve into whether Reece James could fill Hazard’s shoes at Stamford Bridge as a silent leader.
Mcintosh kickstarted the discussion by outlining the primary reason behind his admiration for Chelsea’s right-back, before outlining why he thinks James could captain the club.
“I like Reece James because he celebrates in front of rival fans,” he began. “I think it is genuinely important and he does it a lot of the time; whether he is holding a shirt up against Villarreal or celebrating in front of the Newcastle fans.
“He’s only 21 and having someone like that is so important and it makes me think he might be the future captain of Chelsea because he has that edge to him that others in his age group don’t have just yet.
“It’s no disrespect to [Mason] Mount, I think he is a perfectly good captain and I like him as captain – obviously I don’t want to see Jorginho as captain – I think it’s important who’s the captain.
“Reece has such a strong shout because the connection with the club is so strong. The connection with the fans is amazing and when he scores or when the team score, he celebrates like a fan and that is so important.”
Newson then added how James would likely be a quiet captain who leads by example, similar to how Eden Hazard was once described from his time at Chelsea.
“I think he would be a quiet leadership and I don’t think he shouts much on the pitch but he lets his game do the talking,” he said.
“When I spoke to Reece before the FA Cup final, in an environment away from the football pitch, he is quite reserved but when he crosses that white line he becomes a completely different animal.”
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