Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has warned that Trent Alexander-Arnold may face competition in the future as he believes that Blues’ defender Reece James has what it takes to remove him from his position as England’s first choice right-back.
James has been a standout performer for the Blues this season and he has enjoyed regular game time in recent weeks, starting four of Chelsea’s last five Premier League matches.
The 20-year-old, just like Alexander-Arnold, is best utilised as a full-back that bombs forward on the overlap, and it could be argued that he is better defensively. James is also a very good at delivering the ball into the penalty area, but he doesn’t quite match the level of the Liverpool man.
Most would recognise that you’d struggle to find anyone in world football who can fizz one into danger zone with such perfection better than Alexander-Arnold, but Lampard has heaped praise on his player and believes he can challenge for a spot in England’s starting XI.
Speaking to Sky Sports, via the Liverpool Echo, Lampard said: “His delivery is too good, and when I say ‘too good’ I’m joking but I meant that we need to read what he’s doing. We need to get bodies in the box because that’s a huge asset.
“He’s a great kid who’s going to be a huge player for Chelsea. Without getting too far ahead, even though Trent is that good, he’ll be challenging him.”
Whether or not he will be an immediate threat Alexander-Arnold’s England spot is unclear, but James is certainly making good progress on fulfilling his sky-high potential.
One thing that is for sure is that England are very fortunate to have so many talented right-backs, as Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker will also be on Gareth Southgate’s list of options, as well as Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.