Earlier today, Manchester United fans were informed by Sky Sports News that they’re close to signing Daniel James.
Shortly after, Red Devils fans quickly headed to Google to get the lowdown on their latest potential hero. Well, don’t worry as we’ve compiled a report on the £15million man.
Aged 21, James was born in Beverley and he began his footballing career with Hull City as a junior. The Wales international spent eight years with The Tigers, before moving on to Swansea City.
Fast-forward to 2018 and the winger would make his debut in an 8-1 FA Cup rout of Shrewsbury Town. James left his mark on the fixture by netting in the 82nd minute.
The 2018/19 campaign was the one in which he’d make his breakthrough. James would go on to make 37 appearances across all competitions, scoring five goals in the process.
His first season in professional football wasn’t totally incident-free, mind. In January the winger came extremely close to completing a move to Leeds United after expressing his desire to leave Swansea. The player actually had his medical examination, only for the deal to fall through at the eleventh hour.
Now that’s looking like a stroke of luck for James who could well be on the move to Old Trafford.
James can play on either wing and as you can see from the video he’s extremely quick. Predominantly right-footed, you’d imagine the attacker comes highly-recommended from none other than Ryan Giggs, with the Swansea man scoring the winner on his Wales debut back in March.
The fact that he’s young and relatively unknown leads me to believe that United are trying to head in a different direction. For about five years, the Red Devils have relied on signing star names and that just hasn’t worked. Now, they’re trying to get back to basics.
James looks hungry, willing to work hard and ready to learn. With the right-wing proving to be a real problem position for United over the last few years I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised to see him head to Manchester and make an impact straight away.
With that said, it’s up to the fans to be patient with James. He’s raw, never played at this level before and the jump from Swansea to United is a pretty big one.
Hopefully, the deal is over the line soon and James gets the full summer to get settled in Manchester, before jetting off with the lads on the pre-season tour of Australia.