Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says it was an easy decision for the club to sign Daniel James from Swansea City. After a very impressive breakthrough campaign with Swansea in the Championship, James completed a move to Old Trafford earlier in the summer for a fee reported to be around £15million.
He got off to a dream start in his debut Premier League appearance – after coming off the bench against Chelsea, he scored the fourth goal in their 4-0 win over the Blues as his deflected effort squirmed past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
It was not quite as smooth for him in Monday evening’s 1-1 draw against Wolves as he could not get going in the match and was also booked for simulation in the first half.
However, the 21-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest properties in the Premier League, with his blistering pace set to cause problems to opponents throughout the campaign.
And, Giggs, who has worked with James at international level in the Wales set up, says the deal to bring him to the club was a good piece of business. “Ole asked me about him and I just told him that he is a player with plenty of potential,” he told Premier League Productions
“He’s really quick, a great lad, someone who you want in the dressing room, a great character. So, it was a no-brainer really, because he is a talent.”
James has enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom in football and is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the division.
He only made his Swansea league debut in August last year, featuring in a 0-0 draw against Birmingham City – the first of 33 Championship appearances.
Before then, he had struggled to establish himself and was even sent back from a loan spell at Shrewsbury without ever having kicked a ball after failing to force his way into the line up.
His Swansea form though led to his first Wales cap, given by Giggs, as he played 58 minutes against Albania last November,
Things could have been very different if the protracted January deadline-day move to Leeds United had gone through.
He was all set to sign and had even posed with a kit while he had been given an assigned squad number, before chairman Huw Jenkins vetoed the deal.
Swansea had already let several players go and were no longer willing to see other players leave, meaning James stayed put.
He remained until the summer, when Manchester United came calling.
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