According to the latest reports from the Chronicle, Newcastle United have registered their interest in Swansea City winger Daniel James. The Magpies are among a host of clubs who are eyeing a deal for this Wales international. The likes of Bournemouth and Manchester United also seem to be interested in him.
The winger was in the limelight in January as he came close to moving to Leeds United. However, the move fell through in the 11th hour as one of the Swansea directors decided to pull the plug on the deal. Instead of being negatively affected by the transfer saga, James has gone from strength to strength in the second half of the season, and he has showcased why Leeds United were willing to pay £10m for him in January.
Where will James fit in at St. James’ Park?
The Toon have got Kenedy and Christian Atsu as left wingers. Miguel Almiron who is more of an attacking midfielder has played in that role since he was signed. Kenedy is likely to return to Chelsea after his loan spell ends.
Daniel James is traditionally a left winger, but he can easily play on the right as well. Matt Ritchie has been used in the fullback position for the most parts this season and Benitez would be keen to add a winger if he continues to use Ritchie as a full back/ wing back.
What will James add to the table?
In terms of pure numbers, James has had a decent season but nothing too extraordinary as he has managed four goals and nine assists in the Championship. However, there is no doubt that he can improve on those numbers significantly in the next few years.
His pace and work rate are his vital assets, and his performance against Manchester City in the FA Cup showcased that he can trouble even the best of defences. Therefore it is no surprise that some heavyweight clubs are targeting him. We feel that James is a Premier League pedigree player with huge potential. He should suit Benitez’s playing style well as he likes to work hard and can cause havoc on the break.
Should Benitez look to sign him?
The Wales international has improved in the final third as the season has gone by and he is only going to grow from here onwards. For his national team Wales, James is being seen as someone who can take over from their talismanic player Gareth Bale.
Newcastle United should go all out in the summer to sign him, but Benitez’s task could be cut out with so many Premier League heavyweights also interested.