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Daniel James
Personal information
Full name Daniel Owen James[1]
Date of birth (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Kingston upon Hull, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[3]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 21
Youth career
2006–2014 Hull City
2014–2016 Swansea City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Swansea City 33 (4)
2017Shrewsbury Town (loan) 0 (0)
2019– Manchester United 1 (1)
National team
2013–2015 Wales U17 8 (2)
2015–2016 Wales U19 5 (1)
2017– Wales U20 3 (1)
2016– Wales U21 11 (0)
2018– Wales 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:27, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:18, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Daniel Owen James (born 10 November 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester United and the Wales national team.

He made his professional debut for Swansea City in February 2018, and signed for Manchester United in June 2019. He made his senior Wales debut in November 2018, having previously represented the nation at various youth levels.

Early life

James was born in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, and attended South Hunsley School.[4]

Club career

Swansea City

A highly regarded prospect of the Hull City academy side, James joined Swansea City in 2014 for an initial fee of £72,000,[5] immediately becoming part of their U18 academy side. By the 2016–17 season, James had become an integral part of the Swansea U23 side who gained promotion to the PDL Division 1, winning the league by an 11-point margin. Additionally, James contributed to the side winning the Premier League Cup, and reaching the semi-finals of the Premier League International Cup and the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy.

Following his impressive displays in the development squad,[6] James was included in the first-team squad for the first time in January 2016 for the FA Cup defeat to Oxford United.[7] Although James did not make an appearance off the bench, his progress was deemed sufficient for him to be offered a new three-year contract the following week.[8] He was again named on the bench for a Premier League fixture against Stoke City in October 2016.[9]

On 30 June 2017, James signed for League One club Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season.[10] His loan deal was terminated by mutual consent on 31 August 2017, after he failed to force his way into the starting 11.[11] James' only inclusion in a matchday squad was as an unused substitute in an EFL Cup first round tie against Nottingham Forest.[12]

On 6 February 2018, he made his Swansea first-team debut as a late substitute, scoring in the 82nd minute of an 8–1 FA Cup victory over Notts County.[13] He made his league debut for Swansea on 17 August 2018 in a 0–0 draw against Birmingham City in the EFL Championship.[6] He scored his first league goal for the club on 24 November 2018 in a 4–1 home defeat against Norwich City.[14] In December 2018, with James now a regular and one of the standout performers for Swansea,[15] manager Graham Potter revealed that the club were looking to open talks with James over a new contract.[16] Despite discussion of a move to Leeds United during the January 2019 transfer window,[17][18] James was named in the starting line-up for Swansea against Birmingham City on 29 January, with James scoring his second goal of the season in a 3–3 draw.[19]

On 31 January 2019, with James expressing his desire to leave Swansea to join Leeds United, a structured £10 million fee was agreed between the two clubs, James agreed terms and completed the medical at Leeds,[20] and was at Elland Road conducting signing interviews and announcement photoshoots ahead of the deal being completed.[21] However, after speculation of a disagreement between Swansea owners and their chairman regarding the structure of the deal an hour before the transfer window's 11 pm deadline, James was left at Elland Road awaiting the deal to be signed off by Swansea, with the window closing at 11 pm.[22]

After Swansea failed to complete the deal, James' agent claimed it was "very disappointing" and claimed "Swansea made no attempt to keep the player and at the first sign of money they couldn't show him the door quickly enough."[23][24] At the end of the 2018–19 season, with Leeds missing out on automatic promotion, Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa said that he refused to blame the club for missing out on James, but said, "I'm not underlying the importance of the absence of James".[25]

Manchester United

On 6 June 2019, James underwent a medical with Premier League club Manchester United ahead of a transfer for a reported fee of £15 million with the potential for additional payments.[26] The following day, United announced they had agreed terms, "in principle", with Swansea for the signing of James.[27] On 12 June 2019, United officially announced the signing of James on a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.[28] He scored his first goal for the club on his competitive debut, coming on as a substitute to score United's final goal in a 4–0 win over Chelsea.[29]

International career

Born in England, James qualifies to play for Wales through his father, Kevan,[30] who was born in Aberdare.[6] James scored at the Toulon Tournament playing for Wales U20 in a 1–0 win over Bahrain U20 after he won and scored the resulting penalty.[31]

James received his first senior call-up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Serbia in 2017 by manager Chris Coleman[6] and subsequently made his full Wales debut under Coleman's successor, Ryan Giggs, in a match against Albania in November 2018, playing the first 58 minutes of the game.[32] James scored his first Wales goal in only his second cap, netting the only goal of the game in the opening minutes against Slovakia in his competitive home debut.[33]

Style of play

James can play as a winger, and also as an attacking midfielder.[9] He is known for his pace and skill.[15]

Career statistics


As of match played 11 August 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swansea City 2015–16[34] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[35] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[36] Premier League 0 0 1 1 1 1
2018–19[37] Championship 33 4 4 1 1 0 38 5
Total 33 4 5 2 1 0 39 6
Swansea City U23 2016–17[35] 3[a] 1 3 1
2017–18[36] 1[a] 0 1 0
Total 4 1 4 1
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2017–18[36] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manchester United 2019–20[38] Premier League 1 1 0 0 0 0 0[b] 0 1 1
Career total 34 5 5 2 1 0 0 0 4 1 44 8
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League


As of match played 11 June 2019[39]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2018 1 0
2019 3 1
Total 4 1

International goals

As of match played 8 June 2019. Wales score listed first, score column indicates score after each James goal.[39]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 24 March 2019 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 2  Slovakia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification




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  2. ^ "Daniel James: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  3. ^ "D. James: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. ^ Buckingham, Philip (15 October 2018). "Former Hull City rookie Daniel James in line for full international honours with Wales". Hull Live. Local World. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Highly-rated Hull City youngster Dan James 'lost' to Swansea City for £72,000". Hull Daily Mail. 25 June 2014. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
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  8. ^ "Swans U21s' Keston Davies and Daniel James sign new contracts". Swansea City AFC. Archived from the original on 28 May 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
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  10. ^ "Daniel James: Swansea City winger joins Shrewsbury Town on season-long loan". BBC Sport. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
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  13. ^ Pritchard, Dafydd (6 February 2018). "Swansea City 8–1 Notts County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
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  16. ^ "Daniel James: Swansea City open to talks with Wales winger over new deal". BBC Sport. 21 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Daniel James: Leeds United link 'just rumours' says Swansea City winger". BBC Sport. 20 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Leeds United's fight to sign Daniel James heading for the wire as transfer deadline looms". Yorkshire Evening Post. 30 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Swansea 3 Birmingham 3". BBC Sport. 30 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Daniel James undergoing Leeds United medical after club agree deal with Swansea City". Yorkshire Evening Post. 31 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Leeds United Deal for Dan James Collapses". The Yorkshire Post. 31 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Leeds furious after Swansea pull plug on £10m Daniel James deal in final minutes of deadline day". The Daily Telegraph. 31 January 2019.
  23. ^ "The agent of Swansea City winger Daniel James has revealed his disappointment at the final-hour collapse of his client's deadline day move to Leeds United". FourFourTwo. Future. 1 February 2019.
  24. ^ "What Leeds United and Swansea City have said about Daniel James' failed move". WalesOnline. Media Wales. 1 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa's candid admission over botched move for Swansea City's Daniel James". WalesOnline. Media Wales. 28 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Daniel James completes Manchester United medical". Sky Sports. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  27. ^ "Confirmed: Man Utd agree deal in principle to sign Daniel James". Manchester United. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  28. ^ "Welsh winger Daniel James seals transfer to Man Utd". Manchester United.
  29. ^ "Manchester United 4–0 Chelsea". The Guardian. 11 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  30. ^ "Daniel James: Swansea winger withdraws from Wales camp after father's death". BBC Sport. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  31. ^ Gwilym, Andrew (2 June 2017). "Wales in knock-out hunt after Bahrain victory". WalesOnline. Media Wales.
  32. ^ "Dan's Wales pride". Swansea City A.F.C.
  33. ^ "Wales up and running after Daniel James' early strike sinks Slovakia". The Guardian.
  34. ^ "Games played by Daniel James in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  35. ^ a b "Games played by Daniel James in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  36. ^ a b c "Games played by Daniel James in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  37. ^ "Games played by Daniel James in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  38. ^ "Games played by Daniel James in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  39. ^ a b "James, Daniel". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  40. ^ a b "Grimes named Player of the Year". Swansea City AFC.

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