Reece James‘ star showing in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup third round thrashing of League Two side Grimsby Town is “just the start” for teenager, says Blues boss Frank Lampard.
James, 19, set up Michy Batshuayi in the seventh minute before his superb cross was tapped in by Kurt Zouma.
He scored Chelsea’s fifth late in the second half before Batshuayi slotted home his second goal.
Chelsea’s Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi also scored, while Grimsby’s Matt Green netted a volley.
Lampard said: “With his end product, Reece James showed what he can do. Two assists and a goal, but Reece’s performances on loan last year at Wigan showed the talent he has got.
“I think he is going to be a big player for this club. It is just the start for Reece.”
The Blues take on Premier League rivals Manchester United in the next round after they scraped past League One side Rochdale in a penalty shootout.
It is the fourth successive season in which they face United in a cup competition.