Why a loan for Daniel James could benefit both Manchester United and the Welsh international
Although he did not score or record an assist, Daniel James had an excellent Euro 2020 campaign which earned him applause from Italian legend Giorgio Chiellini.
The Welsh midfielder has created the most chances (8) in the tournament so far and has looked lively on the Wales flanks.
James’ form will be encouraging for Manchester United fans, especially after a season in which he has been regularly sidelined.
Soon James’s attention will turn to the club where he has an uncertain future. With Jadon Sancho’s potential move to Old Trafford, the 23-year-old is approaching a major precipice in his young career.
After an explosive start with the Red Devils when he found the net in three of his first four Premier League games, James struggled to rekindle that form and gradually fell down the pecking order.
Sancho’s arrival will only further complicate his situation. But Euro 2020 and the rare bright sparks it showed at various points throughout last season – including a crucial goal against Newcastle in February – is proof of the Welsh international’s potential.
It’s a potential that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United should not give up just yet. James needs a few minutes to perfect his football and show that he belongs to one of the best clubs in the Premier League.
At 23, the midfielder still has time for him and could become a shrewd weapon for the Red Devils.
With interest already reported from a number of Premier League clubs reportedly considering loaning him out, a temporary stay away from Old Trafford could be the best case scenario for both sides involved.
James could thrive in a Premier League midfield team where he has the manager’s confidence and faith. Leeds United have been linked with a possible loan before, and it’s clear Marcelo Bielsa admires the Man United number 21. But clubs like Southampton, Brighton or even Newcastle United could be suitable for the winger.
As Joe Willock and Jesse Lingard’s recent stays away from their parent clubs have proven, there is a lot to be gained both for the club and for the player on loan.
Not only does the player continue to develop and get regular playing time, but a loan has the potential to increase James’ price for future suitors in the event United seek to get rid of the Welsh international next season.
The Red Devils could get a much nicer figure for the little player after a successful Premier League season where James played football regularly and attracted attention rather than a season where James rotted on the bench.
On the other hand, if Solskjaer is looking to keep him at Old Trafford, a loan from the club will help Daniel James regain confidence and he will return to United a much better player than the one who left.
With plenty of reinforcements in the midfield and Sancho on the way, a loan for Daniel James is a win-win situation for the Red Devils.
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