Everton backed to complete Man Utd transfer in January to solve Carlo Ancelotti issue
Everton need more pace out wide and Manchester United winger Daniel James would provide them that, according to former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan. James has fallen out of favour at United, having made just three Premier League appearances so far this season. The Wales star has not scored a league goal for the Red Devils since August 2019.
The form of teenager Mason Greenwood last season saw James fall down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He remains a key part of the Wales side though and scored a stunning goal in their 3-1 Nations League win over Finland on Wednesday.
Reports have linked Everton with a loan move for the 23-year-old in January.
The Toffees allowed Theo Walcott to join Southampton in the summer but Whelan believes there is now a lack of pace on the flanks.
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And he reckons James could be the man to solve that problem for Carlo Ancelotti.
“I think they need to look for more pace, more quality in those wide areas and Dan James, you can see he’s got that,” Whelan told Football Insider.
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“He’s not a regular in the Man United side but he’s never out of the squad.
“We saw in midweek, what a great striker he can be, and winger, with that goal that he took and scored – that’s exceptional quality from the young man.”
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James’ performance against Finland caught the eye of legendary former United captain Roy Keane.
Keane hopes the winger can continue to build his confidence now he has returned to his club side.
“[It’s] great to see James getting his confidence back after a difficult spell at United,” Keane told ITV.
“I definitely think he’s had an issue with some confidence over the last few months.
“Great to see him back there with a spring in his step. He’ll certainly go back to United hopefully in a better frame of mind.”
James insists he is working hard to get back into Solskjaer’s first-team plans on a regular basis.
James told the BBC: “Man United is my club and I love it there. Whether I am playing or not, I’m proud, as proud as I am to play for Wales.
“There are obviously times where I played a lot last season. I may not have played as much this season, but I am sticking in there and always in and around it.
“I feel really good at the moment. When I do play, I give my all. I bought into everything we wanted to do and thankfully I got that goal and assist.”
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