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James brings a new dimension to Blues' attack, says Lampard

Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

By Nick Purewal

Frank Lampard has challenged Chelsea to capitalise on the quality of Reece James' crossing.

Academy graduate James turned in a peerless showing as Chelsea subdued Burnley 3-0 in Saturday's Premier League clash, with the right-back whipping a stunning cross for Tammy Abraham's goal.

James has forced his way into Chelsea's first-choice starting line-up this term and now boss Lampard has branded the 19-year-old as crucial to the Blues' attacking framework.

"He's got a great, great delivery of cross and much more than that too," said Lampard.

"He's good on the ball and he's physically so good as well, and he's so young, so this is just the start for him.

"The way I want us to play, the full-backs are going to be huge for us.

"If I want to get it right then they have to join in and be an attacking threat.

"And he certainly is for us, he's a big weapon at the minute that we have to use well."

Clarets chief Sean Dyche could truck no argument with Chelsea's comfortable win, but took the time to praise the efforts of Dwight McNeil.

When asked if the England Under-21 midfielder could leave Burnley in the January window, Dyche said: "I wouldn't expect so but who knows? It's a club that likes to see the money coming in rather than paying it out.

"I thought he was outstanding and he must be one of the top talents in the country for me at the moment."

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