Paul Merson was blown away by Chelsea player Reece James’ first goal in a 4-0 win over Burnley this afternoon.
After a calm first half, the Blues came alive in the second half to score four goals answered, picking up three Premier League points on Saturday.
James, 22, was the player to break the deadlock minutes into the second period.
The right winger, whose return from injury is so vital for Thomas Tuchel’s side, fired in a powerful low strike from inside the box.
He has shown incredible agility and cunning to make room for his shot in the penalty area, which is why he has now scored six goals and six assists in just 26 appearances this season.
“What a goal from Reece James. This boy could play centre-forward… It’s a phenomenal finish, so much composure,” Merson said. sky sports.
Also, Kai Havertz (two) and Christian Pulisic scored for Chelsea in a dominating second half.
The result means the Blues are now third in the table, six points above fourth-placed Manchester United.
James pivot at Chelsea
Fortunately, James is available again after missing a few months at the start of 2022 with a hamstring injury.
He’s so influential moving forward in Tuchel’s system and playing so high up the pitch.
The wing-back was too hot for Burnley to handle at the start of the second half, something opposing teams usually have a big problem with.
He is one of the first names in Tuchel’s starting lineup when he plays as he can.
It makes you wonder how close Chelsea would have been to the top two had winging duo James and Ben Chilwell not suffered from long-term injury problems.