Wayne: Dan has got everything

12th April 2019
First team

Wayne Routledge reckons Daniel James is on the road to becoming a "top, top player" as he approaches the end of a stunning debut campaign with Swansea City.

In his first full season at first-team level, James has burst onto the scene and established himself as arguably one of the most exciting young talents in British football.

The 21-year-old was on the scoresheet for the Swans again in midweek, opening the scoring in the win over Stoke with a stunning curling strike.

That was his fifth goal of the season, while he was also recently on target for Wales in their win over Slovakia.

And experienced head Routledge, believes the speedy winger is doing everything right to develop himself into the best player he can be.

"Dan has come a long, long way in a short period. If he keeps on the way he’s going, he’s going to cause a lot of problems in a big way," he said. 

"He’s got a frightening amount of pace and is playing with so much confidence at the moment. Whoever he comes up against don’t know how to deal with him which, obviously, is brilliant – both for him and the team.

"When we played against Brentford, I told him he has to understand he’s a target for opposition. It’s a compliment but he has to learn to look after himself. This is his first proper season, so he won’t always realise that seasoned pros are going to maybe leave a mark on him.

"He’s a goal and assist threat; he’s got everything. He does all the right things and is heading in the right direction to be a top, top player."