Daniel James - A Failed Shrewsbury Loanee Who Became A Manchester United Play

Not too long ago Manchester United's first summer signing Daniel James was playing for Shrewsbury Town in the league one on loan from Swansea City. Unfortunately the loan spell didn't work out and the player was sent back to Swansea but the speed demon is now not only a full Wales international but has signed for one of the biggest clubs in the world in a deal said to be worth £15m. The player was initally thought to be on his way to Leeds United for a reported £10m fee but everything changed and he has joined Manchester United.

Daniel James' story is a very interesting one. He failed to break into the then Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst's first team and Swansea almost sent him to league two side Yeovil on loan. Paul Hurt had signed the then 19 year old as Shrewsbury were fighting for automatic promotion to the Championship. The loan was to offer him his first taste of first team football. Unfortunately at the time he signed for the Shrews, he was just recovering from a double hernia operation.

He did well in some friendly matches and fans of Shrewsbury were already looking forward to he making an impact for the club. He was obviously an exciting signing for the club.

So why didn't his loan spell at Shrewsbury work out?

Yorkshire-born was one of the five loan deals Shrewsbury completed in June 2017 during the summer transfer window of that year. Aside James, Ebou Adams, Dean Henderson, Carlton Morris and Niall Ennis had all joined from different clubs on loan. Unfortunately Paul Hurt could only have five loanees on his match day squad due to EFL laws but all of a sudden long term target in Norwich's highly rated youngster Ben Godfrey became unexpectedly.

The Shrews had tried to sign Ben Godfrey in previous windows but failed. They tried again in the summer of 2017 but again Norwich said NO. But the NO was until August 22, just three games into the 2017/2018 season.

James had caught the eye in a closed door friend again Walsall at Meadow unfortunately aside that game, it was generally struggled to settle down and with money tight for the club and Hurt told he can only bring him Ben Godfrey from Norwich if one of his five loanees leaves the club. Shrewsbury chairman eventually made the decision to sign Ben Godfrey and scarificed Daniel James.

Although no one back in June 2017 thought James could end up becoming a Wales full international and sign for Manchester United, and at the time Shrewsbury were justified to opt for signing Ben Godfrey and letting James leave.