The Chelsea Loan Army for the upcoming season is steadily growing in number. The latest addition is Reece James, Chelsea’s current Academy Player of the Year and Under-18 team captain, who will spend the 2018-19 season on loan at Wigan Athletic.
✍️ CONFIRMED: We are delighted to announce the season-long loan signing of @England youth international @reecejames69 on loan from @ChelseaFC— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) June 27, 2018
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James, who can play in central defence or right-back, was a standout performer for Chelsea’s youth teams last season. A strong defender with tremendous crossing ability, James has all the qualities required to develop into a fine ball-playing defender. After winning nearly everything there is to win at the youth level — the UEFA Youth League and the Premier League 2 are the only titles James doesn’t have to his name — the 19-year-old is definitely ready to prove his mettle in the men’s game.
️ It's all about the winning habit for our new man @reecejames69— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) June 27, 2018
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Wigan Athletic were promoted to the Championship after winning League One by two points last season, and will be looking to avoid a repeat of the vicissitudes that befell them the last time they ran out winners of the third division. Hopefully they will, with Reece James bombing down the right.