Alan Shearer, the former England striker, directed criticism at Chelsea’s Reece James following their 4-1 defeat to Newcastle United over the weekend.
During the match, James received a second yellow card in the 73rd minute due to a foul on Anthony Gordon.
Despite starting in the right-back position for Chelsea in their last three Premier League games following his recovery from a hamstring injury, James will now face a one-match suspension.
In a discussion on BBC Radio, Shearer expressed his disappointment, stating, “Chelsea’s performance in the second half was below par. They struggled against Newcastle’s pressure.”
He commended Kieran Trippier’s performance while pointing out James’ challenges, noting, “Unlike Trippier, Reece James faced difficulties against Anthony Gordon, who posed a significant challenge for him. It seemed like Gordon was thoroughly enjoying his time on the field. James appeared to get frustrated, leading to his eventual dismissal.”