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|Full Name||James Alexander Ashton|
|Date of Birth||2 October 1992|
|Place of Birth||Gravesend, Kent, England|
|Chelsea career||2000 - 2013|
James Ashton (born 2 October 1992 in Gravesend, Kent, England) is a midfielder who formerly played for Chelsea.
James has been with Chelsea since 2000, when he joined as an Under-8.
James featured mainly as a right back for Chelsea’s younger age groups but when really making an impact in the Under-16s in the 2008 summer, it was as a dynamic box-to-box midfielder.
He showed himself to be best served as the link player in the midfield three – playing between the holding player and the attacking, creative outlet.
After a bright build-up to signing scholarship terms, things then went terribly for James. He made just three appearances in his first year due to a series of serious injuries, and his entire second year campaign was a washout as he continued to struggle with various ailments.
However, the club gave him a professional deal upon turning seventeen and showed patience with his rehabilitation and development. James returned to action in the 2011-12 pre-season but succumbed to a serious chest infection early in the season, sidelining him for another hefty period of time. He would finally return in early 2012 and play for both the reserve and youth teams at right back and in midfield.
He penned a new one-year contract in the summer of 2012 and with regular football not available at Chelsea, he joined Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan but returned in November, and was released from his Chelsea contract in January 2013.
James has no international representation to date.
Youth Team Football
Reserve Team and Under-21 Football
(Statistics accurate as of the end of James' Chelsea career)
Post Chelsea career
James settled into a regular role with Carshalton Athletic before injury forced him into retirement aged just 21.