Fans react to Leeds signing Dan James' display in Wales win in Belarus
A number of fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Dan James after the Leeds United summer signing made his first appearance following his Elland Road switch – helping Wales beat Belarus on Sunday.
Rob Page’s men have put themselves in a very strong position after three games in qualifying. They sit third, one point adrift of the Czech Republic. But they also have two games in hand over the sides above.
And that comes after they came from 2-1 down to win at the weekend. Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick for the visitors.
But it was another player who caught the eye of many. And it was the player who set Bale up for the winner.
James had an outstanding all-round game in Belarus. And the 23-year-old did superbly to dig out the pass that found Bale for the decisive goal with the penalty area packed with defenders.
As shown by Whoscored, James provided three key passes during the contest. No other player on the pitch managed more than one.
Remarkably, he also managed four successful dribbles and won five of the six tackles he attempted. No player could better either tally.
And his performance left plenty of supporters discussing his display on social media.
Some Leeds fans were extremely encouraged to see him shine in the defensive aspects of the game – and they are excited about what he could do under Marcelo Bielsa.
‘Already playing better’: Fans laud Dan James after Wales beat Belarus
Manchester United supporters meanwhile, have expressed some concern that he could make the club rue the decision to let him go.
With that in mind, here is what some of the fans were saying about James’s performance as Wales won their latest World Cup qualifier…
Great finish from Bale this afternoon, but the assist from Dan James under pressure from 3 defenders? Oh yes 🔥
— Lukas Gamble (@lokas) September 5, 2021
Dan James masterclass https://t.co/LhdTSwewu2
— Sakn🔰 (@ht_sakn) September 5, 2021
Look how hard Dan James works, never stops, whether it being tracking back or hassling a defender or making runs to take away other players or set up goal .. .certain United fans… you didn’t deserve him ❤❤🙌🙌🏴🏴🏴
— 🍋🏴 succo Limone (@Lemonswed4cawl) September 5, 2021
Dan James vs. Belarus:
90.3% pass accuracy
28/31 successful passes
10 ball recoveries
9 duels won
4 successful crosses
4/7 successful take-ons
4 tackles won
3 chances created
1 assist 🅰️
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) September 5, 2021
Been at Leeds how long and already playing better
— 1970_LUFC (@1970_LUFC) September 5, 2021
Not his usual influence for us but won the ball high up several times and got into some good positions, put some good balls into the box but nobody on the end of them.
— Tyler75🏴 (@hughesr64) September 5, 2021
I have a weird feeling that Daniel James will ball out for Leeds
— 𝙂𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚 (@Germaineutd) September 5, 2021
He’s gona ball under bielsa https://t.co/LWKlF6VRBE
— aqib🐐 (@AA7_Szn) September 5, 2021
unpopular opinion: we should’ve sold martial instead of james. https://t.co/UUOW7YtKH6
— Rajab (@_R4jab) September 5, 2021