'He'll love it there': Sky Sports pundit endorses 'win-win' signing for Leeds
After missing out on the electric winger back in January 2019 (Yorkshire Post), Leeds United have finally signed Dan James.
The Yorkshire club parted with £25m to sign the 23-year-old Manchester United winger on deadline day (BBC).
This is a smart transfer from Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has dubbed the deal a “win-win”.
“It’s really good for Dan James. It’s one of those where this is a win-win. He came to United and always did his very best, he was a massive threat on the counter-attack, but United have a lot of players in those areas.
“It’s really important for young players to go and play, and Leeds have always wanted him. They wanted him the first time round when United got him instead. He’ll suit the way they play with such pace on the counter-attack. He’ll love it there, the crowd’s a big crowd, a club that demands a lot.”
The Welsh international joins Leeds having scored nine and assisted nine for Manchester United in 78 games (Transfermarkt).
As James enters a new chapter in his career at Elland Road he will be looking to add more goals and assists to his name.
Hopefully this will come with more consistent game time as he no longer faces competition from the likes of Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Despite James not being a regular at Manchester United, having managed just over 900 Premier League minutes last season (Transfermarkt), he can offer a lot to Leeds.
As Neville pointed out, James’ pace on the counter will be a big asset for the Whites and, if he can play up to the Elland Road crowd, he will be a huge hit.