Reece James scores first Huddersfield goal

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United loanee Reece James scored his first professional for Huddersfield Town on Saturday in quite bizarre fashion.

The 21-year-old scored straight from a corner as Huddersfield played out a 4-4 thriller with Derby County, his first for the club and an important contribution for the home side.

James was sent on loan to Huddersfield on his return from injury and is so far enjoying a strong spell at the Championship side.

He broke into the first team at Old Trafford during pre-season having impressed Louis van Gaal in the absence of Luke Shaw on their tour of the United States. The left-back scored two goals on his debut against LA Galaxy but Ashley Young was preferred in the old 3-5-2 formation once the season got under way.

James did play against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup, but his professional debut was one to forget, then falling down the pecking order when Daley Blind was brought in on deadline day.

The youngster was loaned out to Rotherham United before Christmas before joining Huddersfield Town after his loan at the South Yorkshire side expired.

James is known for having a good left foot, as anyone who watched the LA Galaxy game would know, but it’s impressive to see any player score directly from a corner.

Despite his good form during pre-season, it remains to be seen where his long-term future lies with Luke Shaw and Daley Blind blocking his path to the first-team but he has signed a new contract this season, so van Gaal sees some potential in him.

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