Chelsea have perfect 19-year-old replacement for Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea need a cover for Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James is excelling on loan at Wigan.

The Blues could finally have a capable backup for Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back, as Maurizio Sarri stated that Davide Zappacosta is not in his long-term plans.

Reece James is currently on loan at Wigan Athletic in the Championship, and the youngster is having a fantastic campaign with the Latics, getting Man of the Match awards.

Even though the 19-year old can play in midfield, he has been imposing in his regular position at right-back.

Wigan fans are convinced they are watching a future England international. The teenager’s loan ends soon, the Blues must find a place for him in their first team and that place is right next to the club captain.

In Reece James, Chelsea has a ready-made replacement and a solid deputy for the right-back position. It is time for the club to look inward, and that does not mean sticking one’s head up their own posterior, which has been the default stance for years now.

The Premier League giants are unable to delay the transfer ban and they should look no further than Reece James to bolster the squad. As the out-of-favour Davide Zappacosta can stay on as third-choice.

The Italian defender, who was signed during Antonio Conte’s stint at the west London side, will be sold in the region of £20 million with Serie A giants AC Milan and Juventus interested in the possible deal.