Image source: Getty Images
Mario Melchiot has stated that Chelsea’s Reece James can surpass Trent Alexander-Arnold and become England’s No.1 right-back. Liverpool’s star is considered the best right-back in the Premier League, however Melchiot is convinced James, who is a year younger than Alexander-Arnold, should be competing with his compatriot.
Melchiot is sure that James is up to the challenge and that he should be aiming to better Alexander-Arnold and Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
“When you talk about Alexander-Arnold I’m excited about him and the way he plays,” he said.
“He switches the play really comfortably. Wan-Bissaka is more defensive. But Reece James has the ability, he has the strength. He has the speed to keep up with people, and he knows how to work it.
There are still a couple of things he needs to add to his game but if he can become a regular with Chelsea he can compete with those two guys and why wouldn’t he want to do that? That’s why we play football – to compete with the best.”
Frank Lampard has already settled James as his long-term right-back at Chelsea and the head coach plans to add a left-back this summer, with the liked of Ben Chilwell.