Exciting youngster joins Latics on a season-long loan from Premier League Chelsea after winning the Blues’ Academy Player of the Year award for the 2017-18 season.
- Wigan Athletic sign Chelsea youngster and England youth international Reece James on a season-long loan
- James, 18, was the Blues’ Academy Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season
- James helped Chelsea to win the FA Youth Cup, U18 Premier League and U18 Premier League Cup
Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm the season-long loan signing of England youth international full back Reece James from Chelsea.
James, 18, helped the Blues to win the FA Youth Cup, U18 Premier League and U18 Premier League Cup in 2017-18, with his performances earning him the Academy Player of the Year award at Stamford Bridge.
The full back has won England youth international honours, helping England’s U19 side to win the Toulon Tournament and U19 European Championship in 2017.
Speaking about James’ acquisition, Latics boss Paul Cook said:
“Reece is a really exciting young player and we are delighted to get him here to Wigan Athletic for his first loan away from Chelsea.
“In my time with the club, right back is an area we have been short at times and competition is really healthy for the squad. To get Reece in to compete in that area is good for us.”