Swansea City forward Daniel James has the capacity to make the step up to Manchester United, insists Wales teammate Joe Allen.
James, 21, is reportedly on the cusp of completing an £18m move to Old Trafford, subject to a medical on Thursday.
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- James rose to prominence in the Championship with Swansea this season.
- The two-time Wales international netted five goals and registered seven assists for the Swans across 2018/19.
- James recorded the third-highest fast breaks per 90 minutes (0.25) in the Championship of any player.
- Since Solskjaer took the reins in December, no club managed more fast breaks (18) in the Premier League than Man Utd.
- As such, James should suit the club’s current style of play, with Allen “confident” he can make a fluid transition to PL football.
The twice-capped Wales international impressed at the Liberty Stadium this season, directly contributing to 11 goals as the Swans finished 10th in the second-tier.
Solskjaer is in need of reinforcements having overseen a tumultuous final few months of the season, and James certainly has all the attacking credentials required to suit the Norwegian’s counter-attacking philosophy.
Man Utd legend and Wales manager Ryan Giggs has already thrown his weight in support of the a move to Old Trafford, while fellow Dragon and Stoke City midfielder Allen believes his international teammate is “ready” for the challenge.
“I can only give you my opinion, I think he is ready for it,” Allen said of James’ potential move to Man Utd.
“He is a level-headed lad who has huge ability and I am sure he wants to show it at the highest level he can.
“I am confident he can do that.”
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Wales always knew of James’ talents
James’ crowning moment in 2018/19 was his searing length of field gallop to score against Brentford in the FA Cup earlier this year, as well as his first international goal against Slovakia during a Euro 2020 qualifier in March.
However, Allen has insisted that those within the Wales sphere have known about James’ ability long before his prominent second half of the season.
“He has had a great season,” Allen added.
“I remember even at the start of the year that was all the info I was getting from Swansea was that he had come on brilliantly.
“You go back to the start of the season and I don’t think it wasn’t that obvious.
“I think from the Welsh point of view, a lot of the lads knew him of course and knew the talent he has, but second half of the season he has been on fire there.”