Daniel James to Manchester United is seemingly all-but-official, barring failed medical.
The 21-year-old winger will become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as Red Devils boss, as the Baby Faced Assassin looks to undertake an absolutely huge rebuilding job.
Personally, I think it’s great to see United look to get back to their roots by signing young, hungry, up-and-coming players. It’s what has served them so well in the past. Why not take it back to basics?
Anyway, with that in mind, we’ve decided to take a look at just where James would fit in. Anyone with access to YouTube knows that the Wales international is mightily quick, but aside from that, what does the young man actually offer?
First and foremost it’s worth noting that his best position is right-wing, although his versatility means James can play all across the front line if called upon. As you can see from our line-up builder below, we’ve got him starting on the right. Also, this is an XI made up with current players only – no rumoured signings like Aaron Wan-Bissaka or James Maddison, for example.
My initial thought is that this team could be deadly on the counter-attack. We all know how quick Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are. Now, we’re adding another speed demon into the mix.
What I find damning is that James is probably already United’s best option in the right-wing slot. That speaks volumes, and when you think about it, I don’t think the club have fixed their right-sided issue since Cristiano Ronaldo left a decade ago.
Who knows how James is going to work out? He will need time to adjust and adapt, there’s no doubt about that. However, he will have pre-season tour to find his feet and get settled in the dressing room with his new teammates, but the way I look at it, the only way for him is up.
As the season progresses we may see James move around in different positions, but for right now, look for him to make an impact off that right-hand side.
We don’t really have a player who can stretch the defence like James can, and what I like most about him is that he will track back and put in the effort for the cause. Again, though, initially, we need to let him play without pressure and develop at his own pace.
He’s interchangeable so don’t expect him to completely stick to that slot on the field, but the exceptional space, great movement and on-ball vision leads me to believe United have unearthed a real gem here. At the very least, we’ve signed an extremely menacing impact sub who could well have a big say in the final ten minutes of games due to his sheer speed.