Match of the Day pundit Jermain Jenas says that Chelsea academy graduate Reece James has a big future at Stamford Bridge.
The young full back made his full Premier League debut in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, replacing club captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the starting lineup.
James came up against Palace winger Wilfried Zaha during the match, with the Ivory Coast international regarded as one of the most dangerous players outside of the Premier League top six.
However, the young defender managed to keep the Palace man relatively quiet during the game, helping his team to keep a clean sheet.
His performance earned praise from former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
“I thought both of them did well. I focused on James as the youngster but Zaha did hold his own,” he said. “He was in the team today to do things like make Zaha run back and face his own goal more often than not.
“Zaha wants to face you up and run by you.
Today he came up against someone is just as strong and quick. You can tell he’s going to have a big future at this football club. He has got all of those attributes and quality to go along with it.”
Although the pundit did have some words of caution for the youngster.
“There are some things that he needs to be careful of. Sometimes he was just over-confidence and missed the easy pass,” he added.
“He is very strong and sometimes with that he thinks he can just go past everyone. He has to remember he is still a defender. If you leave those gaps, you’re going to cause yourself problems.
“It was an experience for him (James) because Zaha is a tough customer and he got the better of him a few times. They went at it in terms of the pace, speed and strength.
“I thought that Reece James just edged out and what I like about him is his awareness. He seems to have everything that lad.”