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Chelsea hero Nevin likens James to Beckham

Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has likened the crossing ability of Reece James to former England captain David Beckham.

Nevin wrote for chelseafc.com: "One skill that looks much easier than it first appears is sending in a vicious cross at pace, with perfect direction while on the run. Think of David Beckham at his best, his crossing was his finest attribute by far, and suddenly you realise that being brilliant at one particular skill can get you a very long way in the game.

"I mention Beckham because the quality of crossing that we see most weeks from Reece James reminds me of his level.

"Hyperbole is common in football, but I hope I am not afflicted by the temptation to go down that route too often, so talking about Reece in that company hopefully means something.

"It is easy enough to put a ball into that area between the defence and the keeper but it is much harder to do it unerringly with pace so the defenders are scared to touch it, the keeper has no chance of coming out to collect it and all the forwards have to do is get on the end of it with any sort of touch. Kevin De Bruyne has that ability along with his many others, but it is rare to that level."

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