Daniel James has excelled in the Premier League since his transfer to Manchester United, from Swansea, during the summer of 2019. That he was only 21 when he moved to Old Trafford for the relatively modest sum of £15m meant that he was widely expected to be a player for future seasons — that as was seen when United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was an influential player under Sir Alex Ferguson, he would be given time to settle before being tested at the highest level.
He has instead not needed it. James scored on his Premier League debut, the 4-0 opening-day victory over Chelsea, before adding two further goals in his following three appearances. The Wales international had, after just four appearances for United, come to within one goal of his tally for the entirety of 2018/19, spent with Swansea in the Championship. He has become a regular feature of an exciting, dynamic attack, carrying much of its threat, and stretching opposing defences with his pace.