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James Chester | Defensemen | #4

Team: Aston Villa
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 165

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When Jonny Evans went down with a hamstring strain against Swansea in Week 24, Tony Pulis chose to use Craig Gardner rather than James Chester despite Chester being the only recognized center back on the bench.
Things have gone horribly wrong for James Chester since his arrival at the Hawthorns over the summer. Acquiring Chester wasn't cheap but given Tony Pulis' penchant for starting three or even four center backs across the back line, it was easy to see a path to Chester getting significant playing time even after Jonny Evans was also acquired. Since then though, Chester has apparently fallen further and further down the pecking order at the Hawthorns to the point where he isn't even getting the call when he's the only center back available. Expect a summer move away. Fri, Feb 5, 2016 01:52:00 PM

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Welsh defender James Chester has moved to West Brom on a permanent deal after his Hull City side were relegated to the Championship.

Hull City had done a lot of buying for a club now located in the Championship. West Brom was looking very thin at all position groups with the season approaching rapidly. James Chester's move to the Hawthorns solves a problem for both with Hull City cutting the wage bill and gaining a fee for the player. Tony Pulis gets a starting center back for a formation that featured four center backs for much of his time at the club. Assuming Chester starts he is a great acquisition in almost all formats given Pulis' propensity to pile up clean sheets with a tough tackling defense.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 03:43:00 PM

West Bromwich Albion have signed defender James Chester for fee believed to be in the region of $13 million from Championship side Hull City.

Chester becomes the second major Baggies’ signing this summer and the second James having already picked up winger - McClean – from Wigan Athletic. Chester was a standout performer for the Tigers’ last season during a miserable PL campaign which saw Hull relegated to the second tier of English football and with only one year remaining on his contract – plus a desire to return to the top flight – the defender attracted interest from a number of clubs. Chester signs a 4 year deal and is worth some serious fantasy consideration given how his manager – Tony Pulis - was once described as the "best defensive coach in the country."
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 12:57:00 PM

Leicester City are after Hull City defender James Chester.

There is some history here so this rumor makes a ton of sense. Nigel Pearson brought Chester to KC Stadium when he was in charge in 2011 and has always been keen of the player. On top of that, Chester's Hull were just relegated and the club is selling off as many players as it can. Leicester are also in search of an upgrade across the entire defense and Chester can provide that at the center-back position. Chester averaged 7.48 fantasy points per 90 minutes last season on a horrific defense but can probably improve that number slightly at Leicester. He can be a decent late round pick if he ends up with the Foxes.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 05:54:00 AM

James Chester certainly exerted himself in trying to keep Spurs at bay but they dropped yet another decision as relegation looms.

Winning at White Hart Lane was always going to be difficult for Hull City regardless of who had what on the line. Spurs just have more talent. James Chester did his best to beat back that talent with five interceptions, two blocked shots, and three tackles won. Sadly for Steve Bruce's men, it wasn't nearly enough as Spurs scored twice and kept a clean sheet pushing Hull City closer to relegation.
Thu, May 21, 2015 03:51:00 PM

James Chester, out since mid-January with a shoulder injury, is set to return to the Hull City squad for Week 31.

Chester was playing regularly and well when he was injured at West Ham in January. He has resumed training and is likely to return to the starting eleven as soon as Steve Bruce deems him back to full match fitness. Unless you are desperate for a center back, I'd recommend waiting one more week before seriously considering including him In your line-up.
Source: espnfc
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 11:40:00 AM

James Chester became the sixth player to suffer a shoulder dislocation in the Premier League this season – fifth defender - and ninth Hull City squad member to join the current injury list after an awkward fall moments before half-time at the Boleyn Ground.

Steve Bruce confirmed post-match that the full-back would undergo surgery to repair damage to his acromio-clavicular [AC] joint following his shoulder separation although Chester did go for an MRI scan today. Both Patrick van Aanholt and Fabian Delph went under the knife to repair similar problems earlier this season - sidelining them for 62 and 59 days respectively - which fits with the Tigers’ initial prognosis of between 8-10 weeks. The recently recalled Maynor Figueroa – loan spell at Wigan – looks set for an extended spell in the first team with Andrew Robertson, Liam Rosenior and Alex Bruce all out injured .
Source: Daily Mail
Mon, Jan 19, 2015 04:17:00 PM

James Chester will serve a one-match ban in gameweek 19 for accumulation of yellow cards.

This is a big loss for Hull City as Chester is one of their better defenders. Leicester City looked great against Tottenham on Boxing Day and will probably cause Hull trouble tomorrow. Chester will return for gameweek 20 and be a solid fantasy option.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 06:21:00 PM

James Chester joined Allan McGregor as the only two Hull City players to reach double figure fantasy points in the nil-nil draw with West Brom.

Typically, we associate the big defensive phantom point games at Hull City with Curtis Davies but for Week 15 James Chester did the work four passes intercepted, two tackles won and a blocked shot in addition to the clean sheet. For the season Chester still trails Davies by about 20 points in the Yahoo format so if you're choosing on any given week then Davies is still probably the guy.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 09:34:00 AM

James Chester turned in the best fantasy performance from among Hull City's three center backs in their shocking nil-nil draw with Liverpool.

Given Hull City's propensity to give up goals and Liverpool's recent reputation for scoring them, a nil-nil draw was certainly not high on anyone's list of likely outcomes in the Week 9 clash. James Chester led a game Hull City central defense with blocked shot, five interceptions and four tackles won en route to the clean sheet. It's hard to imagine there will be too many of these but anyone who had him in the line-up will enjoy it.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 04:37:00 PM

James Chester scored the winner for Hull City last weekend but this weekend he saw red early forcing his club to play a man down for most of the match.

Hull City will be happy to have gotten a point after playing a man down from the 14th minute on. The Tigers even managed to go up a goal when Nikica Jelavic beat the Stoke City defense to a Tom Huddlestone rebound just before halftime. Hull City fought valiantly to maintain their lead and will be disappointed at the series of events that led to the Ryan Shawcross equalizer in the 83rd minute. Hull City had clearly won a throw in their defensive end but the linesman called it for Stoke who proceeded to put the ball into the box where Shawcross toe-poked it home.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 10:46:00 AM

James Chester scored a goal and then had to hold his breath as he conceded a penalty that Charlie Austin ultimately missed giving Hull a 1-0 win.

With Robert Snodgrass, Tom Ince and Andrew Robertson getting their debuts it was veteran James Chester who was integral in the match's two biggest plays. He scored the winning goal and conceded Austin's ill-fated penalty. It may have been a bit lucky but it was a good start for Steve Bruce's team just days after losing Shane Long.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 04:34:00 PM

James Chester's 54th minute own goal saw Hull City fall behind and ultimately lose in a controversy-filled match at Upton Park.

Hull City did well to fight back from a 1-0 first half deficit on the strength of a 49th minute Nikica Jelavic deflected goal. Unfortunately for Steve Bruce's men, James Chester's attempted clearance ended up in the back of the Hull City net for the final 2-1 score. Hull City were fighting uphill after Allan McGregor was sent off in the first half for taking down Mohamed Diame in the box. Mark Noble scored the ensuing penalty but Hull City equalized when Tom Huddlestone's free kick was directed home by Jelavic. The respite for Hull was short lived as Chester's miscue came a mere five minutes later.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 05:52:00 PM

Hull City defender James Chester will miss six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Chester re-injured himself against Norwich. Hull have Paul McShane returning from injury, but will lean on Curtis Davies, Alex Bruce, and Maynor Figueroa.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 11:43:00 PM

Hull City started in fantastic fashion against defending champions Manchester United, going ahead 2-0 in the first 13 minutes but the Red Devils eventually fought back and overtook the Tigers after a James Chester own goal.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Chester. He got the KC stadium crowd rocking when he fired home a volley that came off a corner kick in the 4th minute, and once David Meyler put the Tigers ahead 2-0 after a terrible clearance job from Johnny Evans, the upset looked to be in the works. Unfortunately for their supporters, United found their scoring shoes and brought the game level by the 26th minute. Then, in the second half, Chester headed an Ashley Young cross into the wrong net past Steve Harper, who came on after Allan McGregor left with a knock at halftime. Chester had a chance for redemption late into injury time, but a close range effort was thwarted by David DeGea.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 10:02:00 AM