23/12/2019

Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby Town: Reece James impresses on debut


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From Emma Sanders
BBC Sport
Reece James’ celebrity revealing in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup third round thrashing of League Two side Grimsby Town is now »just the beginning » for the adolescent, says Blues boss Frank Lampard.
Before his cross was tapped in by Kurt Zouma, james, 19, setup Michy Batshuayi in the seventh minute.
He believed Chelsea’s fifth late in the second half before Batshuayi slotted home his second objective.
While Grimsby’s Matt Green netted a volley Callum Hudson-Odoi and chelsea’s Ross Barkley also felt.
Lampard said: »With his end product, Reece James showed what he could do. Two aids and a target, but Reece’s performances on loan last year in Wigan revealed.
« I think he’s going to be a big player for this club. It’s simply the beginning for Reece. »
The Blues take on Premier League rivals Manchester United in the next round after they scraped past League One facet Rochdale at a penalty shootout.
It is the fourth season in which they confront United in a cup competition.
Manager Lampard altered the starting XI after Chelsea’s defeat by Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday, however there have been several large names.
Batshuayi has been on the scoresheet for the first time since January 2018 and has played 32 minutes at the league this season.
He was joined at the by 58m registering Christian Pulisic along with 18-year-old England – that the latter.
However, it was – putting up Zouma with a cross after the break and linking up to the target with Batshuayi from the build-up.
The 32-year-old striker Green of grimsby gave more than fans a glimpse of hope in Stamford Bridge as Chelsea were caught out by a long ball in the 19th minute, but from then on the hosts.
Apart from an early volley from Elliott Whitehouse, Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero was scarcely troubled and the Blues listed their 12th victory against a group from outside the Premier League in this contest.
Lampard added: »I thought Billy Gilmour ran the game from midfield, also Marc Guehi was strong. They’ve been outstanding this year.
« And the youthful subs revealed how comfy they’re around the ball. The hard work starts to get in the group regularly. »

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