Despite being a quiet and humble person in real life, Reece James has proven to be a vocal, conducting leader on the pitch. The full-back, who captained the Blues’ dominating U18 side, has told The Independent:

“As I grew older, that side came out of me a lot more. A lot of people might still say I’m quiet now but when I get onto the pitch it’s different.

My mind goes blank and all I want to do is win… And I want to win in style.”

Meanwhile, James continues his rehabilitation after suffering ankle ligament damage while on England U20 duty. Reece’s recovery is going well.

The 19-year-old was arguably the best performer at Wigan in the 2018/19 campaign. The Englishman played 45 of possible 46 games within the Championship, started in all of them and played the whole 90 minutes in 44.

Reece is known for his versatility. For the Latics, James featured both as a right-back and as a holding midfielder, and even played a game at centre-back. Right now, the 19-year-old might be the strongest among all of the Blues’ last season loanees.