Everton are reportedly keeping tabs on the Manchester United starlet with an ambition to make a swoop in the upcoming January transfer window.
Daniel James notched the headlines on his debut for Manchester United after accomplishing what many could only conceive in their dreams. In the first Premier League game of the 2019-20 season, James came on as a substitute to score and seal a 4-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on his debut for the Red Devils.
The Welsh not only handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a highly impressive opening day victory by scoring the late goal but also justified his signing from Swansea City earlier in the summer transfer window.
Initially, it looked like a bargain deal from United’s perspective. Ed Woodward and his management spent an eye-catching £15 million on his transfer fee. But it seemed like the investment was going to pay off.
And in the wake of that joyous Premier League debut against Chelsea, James went on to endure the best form of his life for the next few weeks, having scored three Premier League goals in four games. Things have not been as rosy since then though. And now, reports from Football Insider claim that Everton are pondering upon striking a loan deal for the winger in the January transfer window.
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He scored 3 and assisted 6 from 33 appearances in the 2019-20 Premier League campaign. However, the 23-year-old is yet to open either his goals or assists tally this season.
Mason Greenwood’s emergence, Marcus Rashford’s availability, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s numerous tactical tweaks and flicks have already lessened Daniel James’ game-time in the new campaign.
Plus, his dry run of form has not helped his cause either. Having played three games this season, James is far from the standard he set during his inaugural days at the club.
James was on the scoresheet for Wales this midweek in their 3-1 victory against Finland. That being said, a loan move to Everton or elsewhere could eventually help the winger take his career forward. But regular game-time should be the priority if he is to leave Manchester United on loan.