Daniel James: What those in the know say about Swansea star wanted by Man City and who missed out on Leeds United transfer
Daniel James will have been hurt by missing out on a January deadline day transfer to Leeds and a potential pathway to the Premier League after Swansea pulled out of the deal at the last minute.
However, the 21-year-old winger has continued to perform well for both club and country, scoring the winning goal in Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifying win against Slovakia last month.
And James shone as Swansea beat Brentford 3-0 where his man of the match performance also brought him a goal – his third of the campaign.
The Swansea man, who has also been linked with a £7million move for Premier League giants Manchester City, is known for his lightning pace which has caused havoc on opposing defenders all season.
Signed from Hull’s academy in 2014 for £72,000, he followed in the footsteps of Joe Allen and Ben Davies by going from the youth set up to first team player when he made his Swans debut in the Championship draw with Birmingham in August 2018 under Graham Potter.
“I believed that if I moved here, I would have a great opportunity to improve as a player and a person,” he told the club’s official website.
But what do people in the game make of James?
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Swansea U23 coach Gary Richards
“The minute we saw Dan, we saw his outstanding pace. The progression he has made over the past four years has been massive.”
“Dan James has got a bright future.
“He scored a goal in his second cap where he was starting on the left-hand side. He has ridiculous pace and played well against Manchester City in the FA Cup.
“He was almost out of the door and was up at Leeds signing for £10million and he brought him back.
“I think that will treble now with the market the way it is.”
Ryan Giggs, Wales manager
“He is a talent, and when you have got that raw pace you are a threat at any level.
“As a winger, you then have to develop the other parts of the game, which I feel that he is doing. He just needs to carry on doing what he’s doing for Swansea, it’s as simple as that.”
Graham Potter, Swansea manager
“I think he’d have been too quick for me. I wouldn’t have been able to get contact on him.
“Dan’s courage is incredible, to not only have the ability, but to ride the challenges. He’s a top player.”
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Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds manager on James’ move to Elland Road falling through
“He was coming to the club to be a possibility on the wings but as I said several times, with all the other players who play on the sides we can find the right solution.
“I can’t deny that he would have been another option for our offensive play but I don’t see the fact that he couldn’t come as an obstacle for us.”
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