Leeds United’s midweek clash with Swansea City certainly has an interesting subplot. The game will see Leeds potentially face Daniel James, the player they failed to sign on deadline day.
The Welsh international travelled to Thorp Arch and underwent a medical. As reported by the Yorkshire Post, he was waiting to be unveiled by Leeds but Swansea did not sign off on the deal. James eventually returned to South Wales and Leeds missed out on their number one target.
The Telegraph reported that Leeds ‘were furious’ with their Championship counterparts for preventing the loan deal, which could have been made permanent in a £10 million deal in the summer.
The winger could now face Leeds for his current club. His manager Graham Potter has been speaking about the 21-year-old this weekend, after Swansea defeated Millwall at the Liberty Stadium.
“It was a Dan James performance which is one of incredible effort.
“He was explosive, got the crowd on their feet, he got hit and got up and worked to do his best for the team.”
In doing so, he seemed to suggest exactly why he would have been a brilliant recruit for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.
Bielsa’s Leeds revolution revolves around the players putting themselves through an incredible amount of work in every game. It is why he focused so hard on the fitness of the players in the summer. It is also why Leeds keep scoring crucial late goals.
James would have provided the exact principles that the Argentine is looking for at Leeds and it is no wonder the club were so keen on a deal.
Instead, Leeds may now have to figure out a way to nullify the tireless Welshman on Wednesday night.