Wales manager, Ryan Giggs is convinced that Manchester United’s new recruit, Daniel James, is possibly the quickest footballer he has come across in his entire career in the game.
Giggs, who racked up a record 963 appearances during his 22-year devotion to United, had lightning-like pace himself, and played with- and against- many known speedsters including Andrei Kanchelskis, Cristiano Ronaldo, Theo Walcott, Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, and Lionel Messi to name but a few.
But the 45-year-old former United no.11 is confident that all these famed speed-freaks would eat the dust of the 21-year-old former Swansea City star on the field of play.
Giggs spoke to United’s official club website: “First of all, his best attribute is his speed; I mean, I’ve probably not seen anyone as quick as him in my whole career. That’s a big shout, because obviously I’ve played [with] and played against quick players.
“He can play a number of positions – anywhere across the front three, really – and, this year, he’s played quite a bit for Swansea up front, which he’s not done a lot of in the past, but he’s looked comfortable.
“He’s a nightmare for defenders. He’s not that big, so it’s hard to get your arm across him. He’s both-footed, can score goals, create goals.”
The Wales manager handed James his international debut in November 2018, and was not let down by the pacey young player when he granted him his first competitive start for Wales in March this year against Slovakia.
James would go on to repay the faith shown in him by the manager by netting the only goal of the game after just five minutes; and Giggs is full of praise for the youngster’s attacking prowess and mental resilience.
Giggs explained: “He’s got a really good temperament as well. He went through a tough stage where he went out on loan [to Shrewsbury], and it didn’t quite work out. He came back, did really well for Swansea and then, it was well documented, at the turn of the year, his move to Leeds fell through.
“Then, after that, really, he’s just been on fire. So it just shows the strength of character that he has got, because I know that he was close to moving. He didn’t let it get to him; he just concentrated, knuckled down, did really well for me [for Wales] against Slovakia, obviously scored the winning goal, and he’s just got better and better all season. He’s still young, still learning the game, but he’s a speed merchant and I’m sure he’ll be a nightmare for defenders on that big Old Trafford pitch.”