Danny Mills has hailed Daniel James as a player with “frightening potential” but questioned how much he will play for Manchester United next season.
The Premier League giants announced the signing of the Wales international, 21, from Swansea City this week for a fee the Times report to be worth £20million.
James becomes United’s first summer signing following a wretched campaign in which they finished sixth in the Premier League, 32 points adrift of winners Manchester City.
“He’s got frightening potential and there were other top clubs interested which tells you a lot,” Mills told Footballer Insider. “He is clearly very quick, got an eye for goal and is talented.
“You can see what the attraction is in joining Man United, which is one of the biggest clubs in the world. My big fear is, will he play enough next season to move forward in his career?
“There are some top attacking players already there – Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata has been offered a new contract – and they may be in front of him.
“I still don’t quite know where Man United are headed. What is their philosophy? Will it be all about the young players? Will it be a totally transformational season for them? Unless Dan James knows what the plan is, what is going to happen?”
James has joined United after finishing the recent domestic season in a blaze of goals and eye-opening performances for Swansea.
He was minutes away from joining Leeds United in January on a loan-to-buy deal that collapsed at the eleventh hour after undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
In other Man United news, Football Insider can reveal the club have made a move to sign a Tottenham player who Solskjaer thinks is “hugely underrrated”.