Thomas Tuchel gives Reece James verdict prompting Chelsea to make Jules Kounde transfer priority – Anita Abayomi


Reece James has become Chelsea’s prize asset playing in that right wing-back role. His talent has always spoken for itself in his Cobham days, but who would have thought that he’d be on his way to claiming elite status as one of the best full-backs in the world?

To be honest, he should be in that conversation already, but a season of ups and downs has hindered his progress. That’s why this Jules Kounde deal is more important than ever.

Chelsea has made a promise to Kounde. It’s quite an ambitious promise to make with Manchester United lurking around the Sevilla defender’s situation, but it is necessary. I cannot take another year of James being 55% right wing-back and 45% Right centre-back.

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Reports suggest that Chelsea has told Kounde that once the ownership situation is resolved, he will be one of the first signings they make. Having fallen through in their negotiations to extend Antonio Rudiger’s contract, the Blues can no longer leave things up to chance anymore. Kounde is a priority signing to fill the void of Andreas Christensen, who will also be leaving this summer and ensure that James fulfils his potential next season.

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Thomas Tuchel has used James as a centre-back and wing-back this season. The English international excels in both positions, but I’d rather see him dominate on the right flank.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s match against Manchester United, Tuchel stated,

“I would love to have two or three Reece James’. I see him 55% towards wing-back and 45% in the back three.”

As much as I love a versatile player, I frown upon James being subjected to back three duties. There’s nothing wrong with a more defence-focused role, but it is clear where James is most effective – on the byline, cutting in and making those thriller shots on goal. We’ve seen Cesar Azpilicueta take over James’ role as RWB on several occasions. The Chelsea captain is used to playing mostly as a right-back in his Chelsea career. He still understands the game as a right wing-back, but he is not as quick or as lethal as James on that side. Defensive stability is a priority, but so is the attack and breaking sides down.

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The signing of Sevilla’s Kounde is a necessity. It solves one of the problems that stop James from assuming the right wing-back role on a permanent basis. It’s no wonder why Chelsea has made this promise. I just hope it’s enough to keep Manchester United at bay as the Red Devils look for solutions to their own defensive struggles.

I wonder if Chelsea made that same promise to Antonio Rudiger before he decided his time was up. Hopefully, before the end of next week, Chelsea will have a new owner, and all the ambiguity will be nipped in the bud early enough to sign Kounde.

Source by Football London

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