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.
It goes without saying that Manchester United have endured an extremely poor start to their domestic campaign this term, winning just two of their opening nine Premier League matches.
The Red Devils lie 14th in the top-flight as things stand and have only scored 10 goals thus far – not good enough for a club of their size.
One player who has looked sharp, though, has been summer signing Daniel James. The Wales international joined the club from Swansea City for £15m in July (per Transfermarkt), and has notched three goals so far, making him the club’s second top goalscorer this season.
The 21-year-old winger is direct on the ball and always looks to attack the full-back, using his blistering pace to get in behind the opposition’s defence, as was obvious in his assist for Rashford against Liverpool over the course of the weekend, a game in which he was voted Man of the Match.
Furthermore, he’s won the most fouls out of anyone in the United squad this season (2.4 a game as per WhoScored) so does appear to be making a sustained attacking impact.
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas admitted that he was ‘surprised’ with how well James has adapted to life in the Premier League following his switch to Old Trafford.
“Yes [I am surprised], he’s looked good,” said the former Arsenal midfielder, whilst working as a pundit on Soccer Saturday in August.
“He looks as if he’s comfortable at that level. Yes he does [look like he fits].
“If there is a little negative in him, he does go down too softly. He likes a little dive here and there but what a finish [against Palace].
“Great feet, he looks very, very comfortable when he gets into that [position]. (via the Express).
Transfermarkt already value James at £22.5m – a £7.5m increase on his transfer fee just three months ago – and should he continue to display promising performances for United, it’s hard to argue against that rising even further.
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