Reece James Names The 3 Fastest Players In The Chelsea Squad

Chelsea captain Reece James has named the three quickest players in the Blues squad.

The England international is up there with the fastest but, when asked to name who else possesses pace in an episode of Premier League Uncut, James said:

“Micha [Mudryk], Raheem [Sterling], [Christopher] Nkunku].”

James also claimed that Sterling and Mudryk give him the most problems in training when he goes up against them.

Sterling and Mudryk’s inconsistency is a major source of frustration

Despite their speed across the ground, both wingers have been criticised for their end product since arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Sterling has certainly been more effective, having scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists in 68 appearances for Chelsea after joining from Manchester City at the start of last season.

However, his goals-to-game ratio is significantly below what he produced at the Etihad, averaging 1 in every 4.25 matches. It was 1 in 2.59 at City.

Mudryk, meanwhile, has really struggled to live up to expectations since moving from Shakhtar Donetsk at the start of last year.  The Ukrainian international does appear to possess all the attributes to be a top player but he lacks footballing intelligence.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino was so frustrated with his movement and positioning against Liverpool that he substituted him at half-time. He hasn’t started a match since then, being an unused substitute in the wins over Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

We have yet to see Nkunku in full flight for Chelsea

While James has clearly witnessed what the Frenchman can do in training, it must be said that his pace hasn’t been seen that much in matches so far this season.

Injuries have likely limited Nkunku’s ability to play with full freedom but, after recovering from his latest fitness setback, fans will hope that they will begin to see the best of him between now and May.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.