Hull City's Abdoulaye Faye says James Chester is Premier League class
ABDOULAYE Faye believes Hull City defensive partner James Chester is destined to make the grade in the Premier League.
After earning the plaudits of his team-mates as Player of the Season in his first full campaign with the Tigers, Chester has continued his effortless progress through the opening month of the new season.
The 23-year-old has been one of the few constants to hold down a place in Steve Bruce's plans and duly helped a miserly defence leak just two goals in four Championship games.
Alongside him in every league and cup game this season has been Faye, and the veteran, who has played much of his football in England in the top flight, believes City have a star in the making.
"He is a very good player," said Faye, when asked about playing alongside Chester.
"He's very strong but still very young.
"He's calm and technically very good too. He is also very comfortable on the ball.
"I like him a lot and he's going to play in the Premier League.
"He has the right game to play in the Premier League because he controls the ball and looks to play football all the time.
"He has a lot of potential and he still has a lot of time."
As the mainstay of a defence that conceded just 40 goals in his 44 league games in 2011-12, Chester has again stood as a reassuring presence in City's rearguard under Bruce.
In six hours of Championship football this term, City have so far only shipped a fortuitous goal in the 1-0 defeat at Blackburn, and a long-range free-kick in the 3-1 win over Bolton on Saturday.
A three-man central defensive unit, utilised in the last four league and cup games, has seen Chester and Alex Bruce flank Faye in a system designed to give the veteran added protection.
The early results have shown ample promise and Faye believes a 3-5-2 formation is making City a tough nut to crack.
"They help me a lot," he added. "We play with three central defenders and we have looked very good.
"Our defence has been very strong this season and if we keep scoring goals I think we are going to be okay."