Darren Bent has claimed Daniel James would not be able to force his way into the Everton starting XI if he joined the club in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker criticised the Wales international’s decision making but admitted he had “great potential”.

This site revealed last week the Toffees are keeping tabs on James’ situation at Manchester United and could make a loan bid in the winter window.

The 23-year-old has started just three Premier League games this season and has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Asked by Football Insider if James could improve Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI, Bent said: “The only thing about Dan James at times, for me, he’s a little bit headless.

“He’s shown great potential, when he first went to United he played really well, scored a few goals but at times he for me he’s fouled or he shoots sometimes when he should pass it, he’ll pass when he should shoot.

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“He’s got great pace and I think he’d be a great addition in anyone’s squad but when we talk about someone coming in and making a real difference and adding a lot of quality to whatever they’ve already got, I’m not quite sure.

“I wouldn’t have him over Rodriguez, no, I wouldn’t have him over Richarlison, so again if he’s going to go and play back up if he’s going to go from Manchester United’s bench to Everton’s bench, then fair enough.

“As far as thinking he’s got more quality than Rodriguez and Richarlison, absolutely not.”

In other news, Everton have been told to sign a France star in January after a big Athletic reveal.