John Terry says he hopes Chelsea star Reece James can break his record as the Premier League’s highest scoring defender. James has enjoyed a brilliant start to the season, netting four goals in just eight league games under Thomas Tuchel.
The 21-year-old has been a constant threat from right wing-back, scoring twice in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Norwich on October 30.
His recent form has sent him to the top of Chelsea’s scoring charts, level with forwards Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz.
His output is particularly impressive considering his creativity too: only Mateo Kovacic, with five, has contributed more assists than James’ four so far this campaign.
James’ four goals have come from just nine shots, while he has averaged a goal once every 188 minutes in all competitions so far.
His ability put him above David Unsworth (38 goals in 360 appearances), Leighton Baines (32 in 463) and Ian Harte (28 in 280) – who all benefited from taking set pieces – and his former Chelsea teammate Gary Cahill (27 in 374).
But after joining Twitter recently, Terry has expressed his wish that James can top his tally over what promises to be a long career with the club.
“Have a real strong feeling @reecejames_24 is gonna be the one to beat it! Unbelievable player!” a fan wrote when discussing the record.
To which Terry replied: “If anyone does I hope it’s Reece. 37 to go.”
James is not the only current Chelsea player who Terry has been impressed by recently – his presence on Twitter has also revealed him to be a fan of Thiago Silva.
“Absolutely love him,” he tweeted. “Would have loved to have played alongside him. Does everything so simple but so well. Proper defender.”
Tuchel’s side are built on solid foundations and have conceded just four goals in 11 games so far this season.
But they have some way to go if they want to top the record which Terry’s era Chelsea set in the 2004/05 season when they conceded just 14 goals in 38 Premier League games under Jose Mourinho to win the title.
Terry was asked if he thought the current side could reach those heights. He responded: “Genuinely don’t think anyone will ever get close to it but hope we do.”