Many Manchester United supporters have been discussing Laurie Whitwell’s nomination for The Athletic’s Premier League Young Player of the Year award.
The Red Devils correspondent revealed he has chosen young midfielder Daniel James as his pick for the annual honour list.
Admittedly, the Welshman has struggled to replicate the consistency he displayed at the beginning of the season, scoring only 3 goals in 27 appearances in the Premier League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far, although he has created the highest amount of assists out of all the senior squad. James has taken 1.3 shots per game, averaged 1.3 dribbles, and completed 0.5 key passes on average via WhoScored.
In comparison, his teammate Marcus Rashford, who is the same age as the Welsh international, has bagged 14 goals in just 22 games in the English top flight under the club legend, as well as providing 4 assists, registering a whopping 3.4 shots on average, notching at least 2 dribbles, and making 1.1 key passes per game (WhoScored).
Naturally, the journalist’s choice has split the fan base down the middle, with several calling the decision “awful” and a “bloody joke,” while on the other hand, another fan noted James has had a “decent” season so far.
Take a look at some of the mixed reactions on social media…
Really good first year. Can't wait to see him add to his game
— Sarah Horrocks (@mercurialblonde) April 18, 2020
Bloody joke, do these ppl not have eyes.
— Poch In (@anas_488) April 18, 2020
Needs to sent out on a free transfer to Doncaster. Awful player
— Le Champion 22 (@LeChampion221) April 18, 2020
— Sanjay Sriram (@sanzmanc98) April 18, 2020
Probably won’t win it but definitely deserves a mention, he’s had a decent season all things considered
— CT (@MclarenCT) April 18, 2020
People slating a very raw James, but have waited 5 yrs for the likes of rashford and martial to show they are worthy utd starters, to take us forward which they’ve yet to do, should hang their heads in shame hes shown in certain games he will i.m Prove its been 5 mins not 5 yrs.
— Peter Thomas (@PeterTh06677578) April 18, 2020
understand his critics . however the boy has the attitude and speed required in todays game to become one of the most dangerous wingers in england. his weaknesses imo are not stuff he can’t develop. needs to raise his head more. polish final balls. shooting/finishing.
— Football Guru (@footyconsultant) April 18, 2020
Guy’s had the most assist for the team!! 2 more than any other player. He deserves it… and he’s only 15 Million …
— Hangsing (@siampersie2) April 18, 2020
— Nagaraj Veer (@Nrjveer) April 18, 2020
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