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By Emma Sanders
Reece James’ star revealing in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup third round thrashing of League Two side Grimsby Town is now”only the beginning” for your adolescent, says Blues boss Frank Lampard.
James, 19, set up Michy Batshuayi at the seventh minute ahead of his cross was tapped in by Kurt Zouma.
Until Batshuayi slotted home his second aim he believed Chelsea’s fifth late in the second half.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and chelsea’s Ross Barkley also scored, while the Matt Green of Grimsby netted a volley.
Lampard said:”With his end product, Reece James revealed what he can do. Reece’s performances loan this past year, although a target and two assists in Wigan showed the talent he’s got.
“I believe he is going to be a major player for this team. It is only the start for Reece.”
After they scraped past League One facet Rochdale at a penalty shootout the Blues take on Premier League rivals Manchester United in the next round.
It’s the fourth consecutive season where they face United in a cup competition.
There were several names, although manager Lampard changed the starting XI following Chelsea’s defeat by Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.
Batshuayi has played 32 minutes this year and was on the scoresheet for the first time since January 2018.
He was joined at the beginning line-up by 58m signing 18-year-old England global Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic – that the latter.
However, it was James who amazed the many – setting up Zouma having a cross from the exterior of his boot following the fracture and linking up to the second goal using Batshuayi in the build-up.
Grimsby’s 32-year-old striker Green gave more than supporters a glimpse of trust at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea were caught out by a long ball at the 19th minute, but from then on the hosts.
Apart from a young volley in Elliott Whitehouse, Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero was troubled and the Blues captured their 12th victory from.
Lampard added:”I thought Billy Gilmour conducted the game in midfield, and Marc Guehi was strong. They have been outstanding this season.
“And the young subs showed how comfortable they are about the ball. Now the hard work begins to get in the group frequently.”
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