Man United have made their first signing of the summer transfer window.
Wales youngster Daniel James has completed his long-awaited move to Old Trafford, setting the Red Devils back a reasonable £15million.
The 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive season in the Championship with Swansea – notching five goals and seven assists for Graham Potter’s side – and could prove to be a gem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad in the upcoming campaign.
The overwhelming feeling among United fans seems to be one of quiet optimism and intrigue.
Solskjaer reportedly spoke to former United team-mate and Wales manager Ryan Giggs about James, and it appears the club legend had nothing but good things to say about him.
Speaking to United’s official website, Giggs said: “He can play a number of positions – anywhere across the front three, really – and, this year, he’s played quite a bit for Swansea up front, which he’s not done a lot of in the past, but he’s looked comfortable.
“He’s a nightmare for defenders. He’s not that big, so it’s hard to get your arm across him. He’s both-footed, can score goals, create goals.”
What could Daniel James bring to your Dream Team?
James could prove to be a fine addition to your Dream Team this season.
The Welshman’s meteoric rise from a mid-level side in the Championship to one of the Premier League’s powerhouses is certainly impressive, and proves that he’s got plenty of talent.
His biggest attribute is his blistering pace – with many teammates and managers claiming he’s one of the faster players they’ve ever seen – but he’s also brilliant with the ball at his feet, very technically gifted and more than capable inside the box.
As Giggs mentioned above, he can also play anywhere across the front three.
At Swansea, he played primarily on the left-wing, scoring five times and assisting seven more in all competitions last season.
The right-wing position has been problematic for United for quite a while, and fans have been desperate for the management to address the issue this summer.
But don’t be surprised to see him rotated on either side; he could certainly give Anthony Martial something to think about on that left flank.
If you fancy taking a bit of a risk, then James could be a good choice for your Dream Team line-up at the very start of the season.
With little fanfare or Premier League experience – not to mention a low chance at regular first-team action – he’ll likely start out with a very reasonable price.
While prices for players in next season’s game have yet to be revealed, we’d maybe guess at James being valued at around £2m, which is similar to price of other young forwards like Alex Iwobi last season.
When does Dream Team start next season?
We anticipate that registration for Dream Team will open around mid-July.
It’s completely free to play as ever and there’ll be a hefty jackpot up for grabs if you finish inside the top 10 at the end of the season.
The season itself will start on August 9th, with Champions League winners Liverpool hosting newly-promoted Norwich at Anfield.