Search results


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Gary Neville weighs in on Reece James and Alexander-Arnold debate with concern over Chelsea man

Gary Neville has admitted that Reece James' fitness levels at Chelsea this season have been a "concern". The Blues right-ba...

Gary Neville has admitted that Reece James' fitness levels at Chelsea this season have been a "concern". The Blues right-back has been one of the club's strongest performers this season, both in an attacking and defensive sense, but has struggled with injury problems.

The 22-year-old has had four different injury problems this season, and in total, he has missed 19 matches in all competitions. However, when he has played, James has been so impressive - scoring five goals and providing seven assists in 24 Premier League outings this term.

James, too many people, should be England's first-choice right-back when the winter's FIFA World Cup rolls around. There is stern competition, though, with Manchester City's Kyle Walker and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold continuing to show brilliant form for their clubs.

James vs Alexander-Arnold. It's a debate that continues to cause division on social media . Now, Neville has weighed in on the argument and thinks James could be the "best out of them all" - in reference to Walker as well. The former Manchester United defender does have a major concern when it comes to the fitness levels of James, however.

"I think Reece James could be the best out of them all," Neville said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football. "I have concerns over his fitness, and I would want to make sure he kept fit for a season or two, but he could be the best out of them all if he continues to go forward."

Neville, speaking about the debate before his comments on Monday Night Football, thinks Alexander-Arnold is currently ahead of James.

"Trent or Reece? That's an interesting one, by the way," he said on an Instagram live stream. "Trent is far better on the ball. He's better than everyone on the ball. He's better than most, to be fair, midfield players and wingers on the ball.

"But I think Reece James, injury-free for a couple of seasons, could surpass Trent as an all-round full-back. He needs to stay fit for a few seasons.

"I do think Trent has improved his defending. They are both outstanding. But Trent, at the moment, edges it, but Reece has the ability to overtake."

No comments:

Post a Comment