Reece James may understandably have been sweating on his place following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel to replace Frank Lampard at the club.
The German head coach had replaced James at right wing-back for the first two games with Callum Hudson-Odoi and the winger flourished in the role as James made only a 17-minute cameo appearance against Burnley.
But he started the next two matches as Hudson-Odoi moved to a more advanced role against Spurs and then dropped to the bench for the victory over Sheffield United with Tuchel claiming that Hudson-Odoi needed a bit of a rest.
James has established himself as not only a first-choice Chelsea player but also as an England international when Lampard was in charge playing in a back four, while Tuchel has switched to a five.
James has looked more than comfortable in that formation the German has employed since he arrived two weeks ago.
“From the minute he came in he made his style of play very evident and clear and I think we have taken that on board very well, and you can probably see that we look like we are playing better as a team as well,” James said after the victory on Sunday.
Timo Werner enjoyed a man of the match outing at Bramall Lane despite not getting on the scoresheet.
The German striker assisted Mason Mount’s opening goal shortly before the break and then won the penalty in the second half, capitalising on a poor backpass by Chris Basham to round Aaon Ramsdale before being brought down by the Blades keeper.
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