Dan James had a mixed night on international duty for Wales as they drew in Slovakia.

The Manchester United winger was picked from the start by Ryan Giggs and made an early impact.

James provided an assist, crossing the ball in from the left hand side for Kieffer Moore to head into the net from close range.

It was an excellent piece of play from the winger, creating space to get a cross into a dangerous area for a forward to attack.

It did emphasise how James could benefit if United had a target man for him.

He is yet to register an assist since signing for United, although he does have three goals since his £15 million summer move. This was his first for Wales.

James’ has struggled a little over the past month, so it is good to see him making a decisive impact on a game. It will lift his confidence.

Missed opportunity

James’ contribution was important, but his and Wales’ night could have been so much better.

Slovakia equalised in the second half and James missed a late chance in injury time to win it.

 

The three points would have put Wales in a strong position to qualify for Euro 2020, but instead the group hangs in the balance as they remain three points back from second placed Slovakia, with Croatia clear at the top.

While his earlier assist was praised, fans on social media rued James’ blown unsuccessful late effort.

A goal would have been the icing on the cake for James and the miss took the shine off his night.

His assist made it a satisfactory night, and it is tough to be too hard on the 21-year-old.

This was his fourth start in the space of 11 days, with James selected against Arsenal, Alkmaar, and Newcastle. He hasn’t won any of them, including last night, and that has to be draining.

Giggs is likely to select him again when Wales host Croatia on Sunday, and then he can have a whole week to prepare for United to take on Liverpool.

Hopefully Anthony Martial will be passed fit, because he is a player who could link up with James effectively if the Welshman produces more crosses like the one last night.

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