Chelsea defender Reece James revealed that he joined the club as a striker. He admitted to never wanting to play right back. The England defender has transformed into one of the best wing-backs in the Premier League. He scored his first goal of the season and set up new signing Romelu Lukaku in the win against Arsenal last weekend. James has been capped seven times for England and played a major role for Chelsea last season. He made 47 appearances in all competitions and won the Champions League in the process.

“When I first arrived at Chelsea, I was a striker but then moved to midfield for a couple of seasons,” Chelsea defender Reece James said. “Then, when I was about 15, I found myself playing right-back because there were better players in midfield. I hated it for maybe two or three years and never wanted to play there!”

“But one day it just clicked and I started loving it. I think the penny just dropped that I wouldn’t be playing midfield anymore and this was my new position,” he added. “[Then] I signed my first professional contract when I was 17. I wanted to be a professional ever since I was a young boy here. I was over the moon.”

James will look to become a regular for the England national team with both Kieran Trippier and kyle walker in their 30s. he will face stiff competition from Alexander-Arnold (22) and Wan-Bissaka (23) in the future.

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