Manchester United have completed their first signing of the season. They acquired Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea City for a reported €17 million.
Even though the transfer will be made official on July 1st, it’s never too early to analyse what can James bring to Manchester United. The 21-year-old winger – who was two caps and one goal for Wales – has blistering pace and it’s clear he can be quite an asset on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system. Knowing the Norwegian tactician likes speedy wingers and pacey attackers, it seems James would fit the mold easily.
This is despite the fact he might not be a regular starter from day one. James would probably have to compete with the likes of Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard for a starting role. But considering he’s only 21 years old, he has enough time to keep improving and eventually become a starter. By all accounts, this looks like a signing made for both present and future times.
James already showed glimpses of his talent last season
James registered four goals and nine assists during the 2018-19 season for Swansea. Even though it was in England’s second-tier, the Championship, it only took a few minutes watching him play to realise he has potential to be a special player. Even Manchester City’s boss, Pep Guardiola, praised James following both sides’ FA Cup earlier this season.
And if you guys have not seen him play, we can see some of this best moments from last term here:
James has a lot of potential and he could be a special player. He might not be a starter from day one, but the talent is clearly there. And there’s no question he can be something close to “the next Ryan Giggs” if he keeps progressing like he has in the past few years. All thanks to his blistering pace and impressive vision in the final third.