signing Dan James has hailed the influence of Swansea
City coach Cameron Toshack following his £17million move to Old Trafford.
Toshack, son of former Liverpool
and Wales striker John, has forged a reputation as one of the brightest coaches in the game managing Swansea U23s, and was on the shortlist for the vacant manager's position at Swansea prior to being pipped by Steve Cooper who led England to victory in the World Cup at U17 level.
James is tipped to make a big impact at United yet just over a year ago he was considering joining Yeovil Town on loan.
'I got brought in and moulded the 'Swansea Way' and I will always be grateful for that,' said James. 'It was massive for me.
The coaches in the academy helped to get me ready for that first team environment. That pathway was always there for me. Cameron and Gary Richards were a big part of that for me, as well as the guys in the gym helping me become more robust. Whatever happens I will always be so grateful.'
Toshack, 49, has also overseen the development of such talents as Ollie McBurnie, now a target for Brighton, centre-back Joe Rodon, full-back Connor Roberts and Stephen Kingsley, who was sold to Hull City, all now full internationals.
Jay Fulton, Courtney Baker-Richardson, George Byers and Cian Harries have also laid praise at Toshack's ability to prepare then for them for the step up after they made two successive Premier League Cup finals.
Indeed, Toshack have proved something of a revelation since joining the club's youth set up in 2013 also lifting the Premier League Division Two Cup and reaching the semi finals of the Premier League International Cup only to lose to Porto.
A total of nine players, who all worked under Toshack in the youth system, played under Graham Potter in the first team last term
And many in the club believed he was the ideal candidate to take over as manager following Potter's departure to Brighton, having also gained senior experience as coach of Macedonia when his father was manager and working as assistant to caretaker Leon Britton in 2017.
Swansea know they have a bright new manager in Steve Cooper but Toshack's continued presence could prove vital to any success.