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James the priority FPL pick of Lampard's Chelsea

By The Scout 10 Apr 2023
James and Lampard

The Scout says don't be put off the right-back who produced some incredible numbers in loss at Wolves

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Reece James (£5.8m) produced his most creative display of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League in Frank Lampard’s first match since returning as Chelsea manager.

Although Chelsea lost 1-0 at Wolves, do not let that put you off James in FPL.

While the right-back returned only two points, he supplied five key passes, two more than he had managed in any other match all season.

James' attacking stats
  GW30 total CHE GW30 rank CHE season rank
Chances created 5 1 1
Crosses 17 1 =1
Touches in final third 47 1 2
Passes received in final third 23 1 3
Succ. passes in final third 18 1 =6

Indeed, James’ delivery was a key feature of Chelsea's attacks. His total of 17 crosses was 13 more than any team-mate.

Those 17 crosses equalled his season-best tally, set all the way back in Gameweek 1.

The England star’s prospects at set-pieces also looks encouraging, as he took all eight of Chelsea’s corners on Saturday. 

Rethink for Chilwell owners?

James was a key figure in the final third of the pitch, producing more touches, making more passes and receiving more passes than any team-mate.

He had 47 touches in the final third of the pitch, more than double the combined 23 of left-backs Marc Cucurella (£5.0m) and Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) on the opposite flank.

Chilwell owners were left disappointed after Lampard moved to a back four and started with Cucurella at Molineux.

While rotation can be attributed to their UEFA Champions’ League meeting with Real Madrid on Wednesday, Lampard's change of formation, combined with James’ improved contribution, could force a rethink of the Chelsea defence for the run-in.

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