According to Sky Sports reporter Julian Warren (via Daily Star), Manchester United are closing in on the capture of Swansea star Daniel James. Warren claims that the Red Devils are ready to sanction a £15 million move for the Welshman. James fits the criteria of United’s new-look attack as new manager Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly keen to secure the services of a few British talents.
What can James offer to Manchester United?
James has had an excellent campaign at Swansea this term, having been involved in 13 goals in 33 Championship matches. He has been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise dire Swansea attack that has often appeared overreliant on striker Oliver McBurnie.
As far as his gameplay is concerned, James is someone who likes to take on defenders. The 21-year-old has averaged over two attempted dribbles per game this season. However, unlike any traditional winger, James often wants to cut-inside and provide useful balls to his teammates.
He is also adept in rotating possession at a quick-rate – making it difficult for the defenders to keep a tight mark on him. James has supplied over one key pass per game this season. James’ most significant asset, however, is his willingness to test the goalkeeper. The 21-year-old has averaged a whopping 2.6 shots on target per game, two of which have come from inside the penalty area. This is indicative of his ability to breach the opposition defences.
Why he will be an excellent addition to Man United
Manchester United are in desperate need of an overhaul in attack this summer. Key players like Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial have struggled to make an impact in the first-team. As a result, the club often has over-relied on the young Marcus Rashford.
The addition of James, in that regard, will offer some much-needed depth in the attacking department. It would also make sense from a tactical perspective as James’ tendency to operate as an inverted winger, will allow United’s overlapping fullbacks to make runs in behind the defence.
Furthermore, James is much more likely to adapt to Solskjaer’s attack-oriented setup, given his nature of taking on defenders. On the flip side, he will undoubtedly need to amp up his overall defensive work-rate if he is to thrive at Old-Trafford. It is also unlikely that James will be a first-team regular at United unless they plan to sell some of their attacking stars this summer.
But in hindsight, a move to Manchester United will present James with the opportunity to showcase his talents at one of the biggest clubs in the world. And for a fee of just £15 million, he will be a smart investment for the Red Devils.
Stat courtesy: Whoscored