Chelsea news: Watch incredible video of academy star Reece James at the Toulon Tournament

5 Jun

Chelsea fans are very excited about the future of Reece James – and it’s easy to see why.

The 19-year-old, who can play in defence and midfield, caught the eye while on loan at Wigan in the Championship during 2018/19.

Many Chelsea fans are calling for James to feature in the first-team next season

He was named in the division’s Team of the Year and the Latics even game him the captain’s armband on his final appearance to show their gratitude.

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing him – and the below video from the Toulon Tournament shows exactly what all the fuss is about.

Featuring a roulette that Zinedine Zidane himself would’ve been proud of, the England Under-20 star goes on a mazy run from the back against Portugal.

And James shows why he was drafted into midfield at Wigan by demonstrating his incredible ability on the ball. It’s like watching a man against boys

You can watch the clip below:

However, James could not prevent the Young Lions from crashing out the tournament in France after a 3-2 defeat to the Portuguese youngsters.

Fellow Chelsea starlets Trevor Chalobah and Conor Gallagher started alongside James as England bid to bounce back from defeat in their opener.


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And despite goals from Arsenal pair Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock, the loss ended their hopes of winning the tournament for a fourth successive time.

Transfer gossip: Arsenal ready to sign Gareth Southgate’s Godson and Newcastle starlet Freddie Woodman with Everton and Celtic also keen

25 Mar

Arsenal are in pole position to sign Newcastle United starlet Freddie Woodman this summer, according to reports.

And it is his relationship with one of the Gunners’ senior coaches which the Londoners will hope can give them an edge to sign the promising star.

Andy Woodman, Freddie’s dad, is Arsenal’s Head of Academy Goalkeeping and Under-23’s goalkeeping coach.

Freddie Woodward is a highly-rated goalkeeper with powerful friends

The former Northampton goalkeeper has written a book with former Crystal Palace teammate Gareth Southgate, who is also Freddie’s Godfather.

And, according to Chronicle Live, the keeper is ready to walk away from Tyneside in the summer.

Woodman has played in all three of Newcastle’s FA Cup games this season, but his contract at St James’ Park expires in 2020.

The shot-stopper was part of the England Under-20 side who lifted the World Cup in 2017 and has just turned 22.

Woodman in action for the Magpies in the FA Cup back in January

If the Gunners are to land the highly-rated youngster, they will have to beat Celtic, Everton and Fulham to his signature.

Unai Emery is on the lookout for a replacement for the retiring Petr Cech and the Magpies starlet would fit the mould.

Now an England Under-21 international, Woodman has experienced regular senior football during loan spells for Hartlepool, Crawley, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.