Leicester star tipped to emulate Barcelona legends in shock claim

Date published: Tuesday 29th December 2020 5:51 - Samuel Bannister

Leicester City full-back James Justin has the potential to play for Barcelona one day, according to his former coach.

Justin has been ever-present in the Premier League for Leicester this season, while also playing in all of their Europa League group matches.

The defender has provided one goal and one assist, and has already surpassed his appearance tally for the whole of last season.

Justin is clearly developing under Brendan Rodgers, but now one of his former managers has tipped him for even bigger things.

Nathan Jones, who gave Justin his professional debut at Luton Town, has made a bold claim over the 22-year-old’s prospects.

“You look at top full-backs like Dani Alves and Jordi Alba who have played for Barcelona and won World Cups and European Championships… JJ [Justin] is in that mould,” Jones told talkSPORT.

“He will go all the way. The boy will play for England.

“We believe that if he ends up at Barcelona it’ll be no surprise. He’s that good.”


It’s a huge claim from Jones, who returned to Luton in May 2020. However, the England Under-21 international does seem to have a bright future.

Justin responds to Jones praise

Justin has since responded to Jones’ comments, admitting his old coach may have gone a little bit too far.

“It’s funny,” he said. “I think he was going a bit over the top there with the Dani Alves and Jordi Alba [comparisons], because they’re two of the best.

“For me I never get too carried away over things or I never get too low with things.

“The quality in the Premier League and the Europa League is top notch and you’ve always got to be wary of what’s around you. That’s something I pride myself.”

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