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Graeme Souness claims Chelsea have "won the lottery" with key duo

Graeme Souness claimed Chelsea "won the lottery" with full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell after the Blues' 4-1 win over Sheffield United.

Chilwell, 23, starred in the victory at Bramall Lane, scoring in the first half to put Chelsea 2-1 up after Tammy Abraham equalised from David McGoldrick's opener.

The England left-back has impressed since his move from Leicester City last summer, picking up two goals, two assists and three clean sheets in five Premier League games.

James, 20, was also potent going forward and appears poised to hold down the right-back spot at Stamford Bridge for many years to come.

Souness was full of praise for the duo after the win over the Blades, telling Sky Sports : "This happens all the time when you buy a player for a lot of money, all the focus is on him. Ben Chilwell they spent £50 million on a full-back and all the focus is on him.

"In Reece James, he’s a top player. Given his age, he’s going to get better and better.

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"I’ve not talked about his strength, his pace, his delivery, and in terms of defending he looks like he’s got that already. So you can only see him getting better and better.

"I asked Ash [Ashley Cole] off-air ‘How strong is he?’ and there’s an incident if you see the third goal where it’s a free kick by Ziyech out by the right-hand side and Max Lowe comes in, fouls him, so it is a foul, and there’s a bit of a coming together and he just rag-dolls him, pushes him like a little boy.


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"You think of the modern game, if you’re playing against this Liverpool team one of the priorities would be trying to stop Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

"Because the full-back in a modern game isn’t a defender first and foremost, it’s someone who can do a bit of defending but gets up the pitch and when he gets into the attacking third he can deliver on it.

"When you get someone who can defend then what a real bonus that is. I think Reece James is all of that. I think he’s got absolutely everything in his game.

"So for Chelsea it looks like they’ve won the lottery in the full-back positions. He looks like the finished article already at 20."

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