Warne praises "phenomenal" James

19th April 2019
First team

Rotherham boss Paul Warne heaped praise on "phenomenal talent" Daniel James after the winger helped Swansea City to a 4-3 win over the Millers.

The visitors regularly put as many as three defenders close to James as soon as the Wales international got the ball at the Liberty, mindful of the impact the 21-year-old had made in the reverse fixture in November.

But even such tight marking could not keep James quiet for the entire 90 minutes, with the wide man producing an excellent cross for Barrie McKay to level matters, while he could easily have had a couple of goals himself.

And Warne, despite the disappointment of defeat, had warm words of recognition for the Swans player, who he ranks alongside Aston Villa's Jack Grealish as the best player in the Championship.

“I think he is one of the top two players in the league, my other name is the Aston Villa captain (Grealish). Those two win games on their own," said Warne.

“He absolutely annihilated us at our place – he was unplayable. He gave my right-back some sleepless nights.

“I knew we had to curtail James’ pace, which is a joke, it’s like he’s on a motorbike.

“Zak Vyner a young lad, did really well against him, I am asking my winger to double up or my siting midfielder to drop into the space behind the full-back.

“Because he’s so good my lads are using a lot of energy trying to stop him. Then they switch the ball and go out the other way and my lads have got to run over there.

“He is phenomenal talent. The best players at the best clubs are the ones who cause you problems and he is definitely up there. He will go on to have a great career no doubt.

“In the nicest possible way, I don’t really need to see him in a team opposite me again.”