Reece James was born on the 8th of December 1999, and he is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team.
The young talented wing-back joined the Chelsea academy as a youth and turned professional in 2017, a season where he captained the under-18s to victory in the FA Youth Cup and was named Academy Player of the Season. As a matter of fact, a productive loan spell with Wigan Athletic of the Championship saw him promoted to the Chelsea first team upon his return in 2019, after which he began to establish himself as a regular fixture at right-back and earn a long-term contract extension in January 2020.
Various research has it that Reece James began training with Chelsea at the age of six, but had a short spell at West London rivals Fulham when he was seven. The young star turned professional with Chelsea in March 2017. Statistics has it that during the 2017–18 season he captained the under-18s to win the FA Youth Cup and was named Academy Player of the Season. James signed a new four-year contract with the club in June 2018.
2018–19 season: Loan to Wigan Athletic
The Chelsea academy graduate joined Championship club Wigan Athletic on loan for the 2018–19 season. And he made his first-team debut on 4 August 2018, starting in Wigan’s first game of the season, helping his side to a 3-2 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Reece James scored his first goal for the Latics on 4 November, scoring the first goal with a free-kick in the 6th minute, in a 2–1 home loss to Leeds United. He was selected to the 2018–19 Championship Team of the Season in the month of March 2019. James won three awards at Wigan Athletic’s end of season awards, including Player of the Year.
However, Reece James made his debut for Chelsea after returning from injury on the 25th of September 2019. The young star scored his first goal and assisted two in a 7–1 win over Grimsby Town in the third round of the 2019–20 EFL Cup. The 22-year old became Chelsea’s youngest ever goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League when he scored the fourth goal of their 4–4 comeback draw with Ajax on 5 November 2019. James signed a long-term contract extension with Chelsea on 16 January 2020.
Reece James in the month of January 2021, was subject to racist abuse online. Again, in March 2021, he deleted his Instagram account in response to the abuse he received. And on the 29th of May, James won his first-ever Champions League as Chelsea won 1–0 against Manchester City in the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final in Porto.
As per BBC research, the young talent has represented England at youth level from under-18 up to under-21. And in the month of May 2017, he was included in the under-20 squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament. Reece James started in the final as England beat the Ivory Coast to retain their title. James was part of the under-19 squad that won the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in the month ofJuly 2017. He also started in the semi-final against the Czech Republic.
Again, the young talent was called up for the first time to the senior team by manager Gareth Southgate following an injury to Raheem Sterling on the 5th of October 2020. Reece James made his debut on the 8th of October at Wembley Stadium, coming on as a 58th-minute substitute for Kieran Trippier in a 3–0 win over Wales. The 22-year old was sent off for dissent after the final whistle in his second start, against Denmark. James was named in the 26-man England squad for Euro 2020.
Reece James net worth
According to the recent update from Forbes, the right-back has an estimated net worth of $10 million. His main source of wealth is his successful football career, from which he earns a living. James, despite his age, still has the ability to make money and increase his value.
Reece James salary
He is expensive because he is a high-value football player. Chelsea pays him a whopping $118,120 a week after he signed a contract to be their right-back in 2019, and his main source of income is from his career as a football player. He earns a total salary of $3.7 million every year.
Reece James’ contract
As a matter of fact, Reece James is one of several Chelsea stars who have developed under head coach Thomas Tuchel, and he has already signed a long-term contract with the club. James’ current contract at Stamford Bridge runs until 2025. After that, according to sports brief, Chelsea is poised to offer James a lucrative new contract in the shape of a one-year extension, possibly two.
U18 Premier League: 2016–17, 2017–18
FA Youth Cup: 2016–17, 2017–18
UEFA Champions League: 2020–21
UEFA Super Cup: 2021
FA Cup runner-up: 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
EFL Cup runner-up: 2021–22
UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2017
Toulon Tournament: 2017
UEFA European Championship runner-up: 2020
Chelsea Academy Player of the Year: 2017–18
Wigan Athletic Player of the Year: 2018–19
Wigan Athletic Player’s Player of the Year: 2018–19
Wigan Athletic Goal of the Season: 2018–19
FA Cup Team of the Year: 2020–21
PFA Community Champion Award: 2020–21