After plenty of speculation, an eleventh hour deadline day collapse, and a whole host of clubs linked, it looks as though Manchester United will be the side who win the race for the signature of Swansea City midfielder Dan James.
According to The Daily Mail, the Old Trafford club have agreed a £15million fee with Swansea to secure the services of James, beating Premier League rivals Newcastle, Everton and Brighton to the signing.
Having won just two of their final nine games of the Premier League season, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping for a change in fortunes when the season begins again, and he may be relying on new signings from the summer transfer window to help do that.
So with James set to be the first of them, what exactly could the 21-year-old winger bring to Old Trafford?
Here, Football League World puts the spotlight on James to find out.
Analysing the stats from James’ Championship campaign this season, the Welshman compares rather well with his likely future teammates.
Of United’s current squad, only England international Marcus Rashford (9) has registered more league assists than James this season, while only four United players: Paul Pogba; Romelu Lukaku; Anthony Martial and Rashford, scored more goals in the league this season than James.
United, therefore, need to find more sources of goals, and given Pogba was the only man who averaged more shots per game in the league than James’ 2.6, it seems as though James will not be afraid to take on that responsibility.
As shown with his contribution in the assists column, James’ creativity will also be an important asset to United, and his average of 1.2 passes per game would have put him joint fifth in United’s squad in that category, while only Pogba averaged more dribbles per game in the league than James.
While the move to Manchester United will no doubt prove a greater challenge to James, his stats with Swansea show that he will not be afraid to take on whatever is thrown at him, given what he has done in his debut season in senior football. United will be hoping that approach will bring them and him as much success once he makes the move to Old Trafford.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!