This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
After arriving at Old Trafford last summer, Daniel James has been tipped for greatness by fans and pundits alike.
The 22-year-old burst onto the scene at Swansea City, and made quite a name for himself at the Liberty Stadium, but the step-up in competition has proved to be quite a challenge.
When James joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United for £15.3m back in July, perhaps fans unfairly placed heavy expectations on his young shoulders, given his young age.
Regardless, the Welshman got off to an electric start with his new side, bagging three goals in his first four appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils, including scoring against bitter rivals Chelsea on the opening day of the season (Transfermarkt).
Nevertheless, the winger has endured a barren run in the English top flight, as he hasn’t scored in the league since the 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium in late August.
More recently, James has started to find his feet on the hallowed turf at the Theatre of Dreams, taking 1.4 shots per game, averaging just under 1 key pass, and successfully completing at least 1 dribble on average in the Premier League (via WhoScored).
Indeed, although there is certainly room for improvement with regards to his finishing, the Welsh youngster has topped the charts for the most amount of assists created in the first division out of all of his teammates so far, and this statistic has surely made him a great value for money, as Solskjaer’s United push for Champions League football.
Evidently, his lack of goals in recent months hasn’t hampered his market valuation, as his price tag steadily climbed from £22.05m in September to £25.2m by December last year.
Although his rate has slightly dipped to £20.25m, this can be easily attributed to the ongoing pandemic, and it is also worth noting the midfielder ended his drought against LASK in the Europa League earlier this year.
Only time will tell if James can find the same vein of consistency more in line with his established compatriots Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. If he turns out like either one of his international teammates, then the fee the board gave the Swans will make him a shrewd piece of business by Ed Woodward.
All things considered, it is too early to judge whether or not he is a flop at the moment, given the fact he has only played one season in the Premier League so far, which is still incomplete at the time of writing. However, his tally of 6 assists in this campaign is an early indication of the talent he possesses, and it is rather apparent the Red Devils have an exciting prospect on their hands with bags of potential to boot.
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