The England international has been praised by pundits for his attacking and defensive attributes in a Chelsea shirt. James’s exceptional performance has seen Azpilicueta – a regular starter last season, struggling to find game time under Frank Lampard.
James, who has been effective at both ends of the pitch has allowed him to build a good partnership with Ziyech and Thiago Silva. Ziyech, who overcame a knee injury early in the season has scored two goals and provided three assists in his last four Chelsea outings. Silva on the other hand has brought a much needed authority and leadership to the Chelsea defence.
James admitted playing with Thiago Silva and Ziyech has helped him develop his game. The England international said “Thiago has brought a lot of experience. I have played alongside him a few times now. He has helped me a lot. You can see straight away why he has been one of the best in the world. He constantly talks to me throughout games, helping me in my positioning, directing me and making sure he is talking to me before, during and after games. It all adds up and improves performances.
Further forward, there have been signs with Hakim in training. Ever since he arrived, we got on well. I knew I would be playing behind him. We clicked early and tried to build this connection in training to use this season. His left foot is just unbelievably good.