Footy Extras

Lampard wanted Chelsea right-back at Championship club last campaign

Frank Lampard has admitted he tried to sign Chelsea’s Reece James on loan for the Championship club Derby County last season.

James, the 20-year-old talented full-back or holding midfielder, was on loan at Wigan Athletic last and he is currently playing right-back for the Blues under Lampard.

In an interview with his cousin Jamie Redknapp in the Daily Mail, Frank says he believes Reece will challenge Trent Alexander-Arnold as the country’s best right-back.

Frank also mentioned how he looked at signing the star while he was the head coach at Derby. “I tried to get him on loan at Derby last January,” said Frank.

James has made 20 appearances for the west Londoners this season and Lampard is full of praise.

“His delivery is too good, and when I say ‘too good’, I’m joking but I mean that we need to read what he’s doing,” said Frank.

“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 (Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold) is that good, he’ll be challenging him.”

Reece James won the club’s Player of the Year award last season.

His excellent display reportedly attracted Premier League interest from elsewhere. The Mirror state Crystal Palace bid £20m for him.

The Eagles were looking for a new right-back after selling youngster Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50 million. The Blues, however, rejected the fellow English club’s approach.

Reece has gone on to feature in over 20 matches for Chelsea this season. Derby had Jayden Bogle at right-back the last term.

James, however, is also capable of playing as a defensive midfielder. It’s likely the Rams targeted the player for that role.