Jamie Redknapp has criticised Chelsea defender Reece James for failing to do the “basics of football” during their 2-0 loss to Leicester City on Tuesday night.
Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison struck in the first half to lift the Foxes above Manchester United at the summit by a point.
Defeat further dented Chelsea’s top-four hopes and their indifferent form of two wins in eight league games keeps the pressure on boss Frank Lampard.
A summer spend of over £200million has failed to reap immediate rewards and they sit eighth, five points adrift of the top four.
James was caught half asleep as Maddison flew past him to score Leicester’s second goal of the game and Redknapp was very critical.
Maddison doubles Leicester’s lead! 🦊
He sweeps it past Mendy, taking advantage of some poor defending from Chelsea.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 19, 2021
“I really like Reece James, great crosser but the basics of learning to be a right back are gonna be crucial,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“When you are a right back, Gary Neville’s first thought would have been what is the worst-case scenario? James gambles – you cannot gamble as a defender.
“I’m not trying to dig him out, he is knowledgeable, but it is the basics of football – he walks, then jogs, then sprints because there is a panic.
“It was a lovely finish from (James) Maddison but you should not get in that position.
“I see players flying forward but jogging back, too many times that happened. If he wants to get better, he needs to learn from this.”