5’9 – 69 Kg speed based game with tremendous movement skills married to a coach who maximizes that ability – Raheem Sterling
5’9 – 76 Kg speed based game who is an out and out winger on a team without a target man striker- Daniel James
Much is made of the disappearance of the classic 10 but the out and out winger at a major club is becoming a victim of time as well, a look at Daniel James heat map 2 seasons ago at Swansea shows him to be a winger who stays outside while a look at Sterling’s heat map reveals the modern cut inside forward.
James isn’t good enough for the entire team to be built around what he does well so he has to fit within the system. The problem in that, is that the system isn’t a good fit for him. Take out the counter and ask yourself in which way does United’s play style suit an outside winger? The defensive structure out of possession is very important to Ole so drifting out wide often is out of the question, on offense moments of brilliance move the chains and that’s the entire game plan, movement from Rashford, a risky pass from Bruno, Martial floating to a free space to receive the ball and Greenwood running into space to challenge defenders from the right….. where someone should be.
James had 96 crosses last year 2nd on the team to Wan Bissaka who had 102, Sterling had 46 less crosses on around 4 more completed 90s. James is a promising player but an inside game is necessary for him to fit in this team and if he can’t develop that a move to a team that better suits his talents.
Learning a whole nother side of the game in your 20s is already a lot to ask of one player so refining one’s current skill set to fit the system is the better option but that doesn’t mean that’s easy either.
I like James he plays like he knows this is a major club and he needs to show up every game,as a fan watching him get lost in the game plan and disappear for long stretches is tremendously frustrating I can’t even imagine what he feels on the pitch, James has this season to re-tool his entire skill set or he’ll just be another scapegoat for fans to take out their frustrations on. Moments of genius move the offense it’s why Sancho would fit well here but if you’re not a genius like Pereira, Fred, James and many more you become a victim to meaningless spells of possession that don’t go anywhere, Ole is good but a better system is needed to bring out the best in the lesser talents on the squad but maybe that’s not his cup of tea, he played in squads full of geniuses maybe it’s make the grade or get out.
Ferran Torres came over to City at about the same fee as James, Ferran Torres has received a 14 year education at Valencia’s Daniel James came up at Hull City, Ferran Torres is inheriting David Silva’s 21 the message is clear, while James is looking to make it down to 11 at United.
United would’ve suited Ferran very well but he isn’t there, his by the blue side for the same fee as a player who doesn’t suit their current system wearing the same number.
James has a polished outside game, ferran is just polished. James has the higher celling cause of his superior physical profile but will he receive the coaching Ferran is about to receive about how to best utilize one’s skill set? Ferran is an out and out winger too let’s see if Pep can provide the blue print on how such wingers function on modern elite teams.
It’s getting hopeless with this stock🤦🏾♂️ but i still have faith we’ll revisit the case in December again.