James has a history of ailments and has been dealing with a hamstring issue thus far this season, despite being the club captain at Stamford Bridge and starting the season as the right-back of choice.
Despite unusual criticism of some of his performances, Gusto, a summer arrival from Lyon who is only 20 years old, has stepped in for the England international and impressed enough to be called up to the France squad for the first time.
James is due to return to full fitness after the break for international play, but Gusto is hesitant to simply cede his spot to the 23-year-old.
The Frenchman claims to have a positive connection and “healthy competition” with a person he views as a “very good person,” but he is prepared for battle as he struggles to maintain his position.
Gusto told RMC, “He tries to help me, and I try to help him as best I can. We give each other a lot of advice.” “On the field, it’s war, and he knows it very well. We don’t always do each other any favors, and the best player will get the start.”
Gusto also praised Thiago Silva, another Blues colleague, as an inspiration, saying it is inspiring to see him still compete at the greatest level at the age of 39.
The teenager praised the veteran, calling him “one of the best defenders in the world.” He always performs well and is fully committed to his task. The fact that he consistently gives it his all is admirable and greatly encourages me.