May has seen Swansea’s 21-year-old Welsh winger Daniel James heavily linked with a move to Manchester United. James enjoyed a breakout season at the Liberty under Graham Potter and has earned rave reviews for his performances. This tactical analysis looks at the statistics behind his rise and how his style of play fits in at Manchester United.
Background: Daniel James
Daniel James came through the ranks at Hull City prior to joining Swansea in 2014. He then rose through the U18s and U23s at Swansea to make his first-team debut in February 2018. He made his league debut for Swansea in August 2018, at the start of this season, and has since gone on to become a vital player for the Swans as well as making two appearances for Wales, scoring in the win over Slovakia. In January, James was at Elland Road to complete a move to Leeds United, but the deal fell through at the last minute and James returned to Swansea. Now, four months later, James is set to join Manchester United. His return of five goals and ten assists in all competitions is decent, but hardly what caused United’s interest in a Championship player. As this analysis will show, James has some attributes that can make him a decisive player also at the highest level.
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