Paul Merson compares Chelsea star Reece James to Manchester United legend David Beckham


Paul Merson has likened Chelsea’s Reece James to David Beckham (Picture: Getty)

Paul Merson has likened highly-rated Chelsea star Reece James to Manchester United and England legend David Beckham.

James, 20, has made 18 appearances for his boyhood club this season and Arsenal hero Merson believes he can force his way into England’s squad for Euro 2020.

The full back spent last season on loan at Wigan Athletic and was named in the Championship Team of the Year before returning to Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United hero and former England star Beckham (Picture: Getty)

Merson has been impressed by his performances in west London, telling Sky Sports: ‘He crosses the ball as well as David Beckham used to.

‘His crosses very rarely go to waste. He always does the right thing. He’s a forward’s dream. He whips the ball in on a consistent basis.

‘It’s David Beckham-like. That’s exactly how Beckham used to hit the ball. His defending will get better but going forward he’s great.

‘I think he’s the best kid at Chelsea right now and he could still get into the England squad for Euro 2020. I would give him a chance.’

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson added: ‘At times he [James] looks effortless. He just glides through games. His positioning and timing is superb.’

Chelsea, who are currently fourth in the Premier League, visit Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

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