Graham Potter claims Reece James can become Chelsea legend

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Chelsea boss Graham Potter has backed Reece James to become a Blues legend. England star James again put in a starring display against AC Milan on Wednesday.

Chelsea beat Milan 3-0 to pick up a crucial three points in Champions League Group E. Wesley Fofana opened the scoring midway through the first half.

Milan were unable to clear a corner and the Frenchman swept home to net his first goal for the club. He was substituted shortly after with what appeared to be a knee injury.

That will be a concern ahead of a congested run of fixtures this month. Chelsea continued to grow into the game and put in their best performance under Potter.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead 10 minutes into the second half with a close-range effort. James sealed the win soon after, roofing a powerful effort from a tight angle.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Potter refused to comment on whether talk over Trent Alexander-Arnold’s England spot has spurred James on. But he insisted the 22-year-old has the world at his feet.

Potter said: “I think Reece is just a fantastic player and he’s a young player. He’s developing all the time, he will get better and better as we go.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with him, he’s got a lot to offer. He’s fantastic, he can play in any game in the world, he’s just tremendous, tremendous.

“So my job is to try and help him reach his potential, because his potential is beyond the sky.”


James seems to have overcome the injury problems he has faced in recent seasons. Potter was asked if the academy graduate is the best right-back around right now.

He again could not commit to an answer but insisted he is on the right track to become a true Chelsea great. Potter added: “Well I haven’t watched that much to give you that answer but all I know is for us we love him. He’s so important for us.

“Like I said my job is to try and help him reach his potential and his potential is he could be a Chelsea legend with anybody. That’s the level that he has, the potential that he has.

“But for that to happen he has to be part of a successful team and that’s what we’re working towards.”

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