Chelsea kid Reece James has the ‘delivery of David Beckham’ says former Blues star Joe Cole

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JOE COLE has compared Reece James’ delivery from the right wing to David Beckham’s.

The 19-year-old full-back completed an incredible Chelsea comeback against Ajax at Stamford Bridge by scoring the equaliser for 4-4.

Joe Cole likened Reece James’ delivery from the right wing to David Beckham’s
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With the Dutch side down to nine men, James hammered home an equaliser after a pile up in the box.

Frank Lampard‘s side had earlier found themselves 4-1 down with the game seemingly all over.

BT Sport pundits Rio Ferdinand, Robin van Persie and Chelsea legend Cole were all in praise of the defender’s techniques.

But Cole offered some insight, having trained with James as a Blue.

He said: “When I was playing in America, I came around to train with the kids.

“We were having shooting session and the kids’ shooting was erratic, but James was on the money, on the money, whipping crosses, it was like watching Beckham.”

JAMES THE HISTORY-MAKER

James made history by becoming the youngest Chelsea scorer in the Champions League.

The right-back, at 19 years, 332 days, beat Arjen Robben’s previous record of 20 years and 284 days.

James said after the comeback draw: “It was a crazy game.

“They were hard to break down and we took advantage of them going down to nine men, it was a shame we couldn’t win. Scoring a goal is a bonus.

“The manager told me to come on and liven the boys up, we had chances to win it but from where we were at half time it’s a good result.


“I had some mad night and some great nights, but for everything that it was, it was certainly right up there.

“Chelsea fans know the story of what we have done in the Champions League but I don’t really want to talk about that.

“For a performance like today you need personalities and characters – at 4-1 down it is easy to give it away and give it up.”

Joe Cole trained with Reece James at Chelsea and was gushing in his admiration
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BT Sport pundits Rio Ferdinand, Robin van Persie and Chelsea legend Cole were all in praise of the defender’s techniques – comparing him to footie legend David Beckham
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