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ITV pundit says Leeds have a top 23-year-old who really 'frightens defenders'

Leeds United newcomer Daniel James has been praised by ITV pundit Lee Dixon.

The Whites finally signed the 23-year-old this summer, more than two years after originally trying to land him.

In January 2019, James had travelled to Elland Road, signed the paperwork, posed for pictures… pretty much everything that needed to be done.

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However, Swans chairman Huw Jenkins then refused to sanction the move.

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James subsequently joined Manchester United in the summer of 2019, where he made 74 competitive appearances.

Now, he is finally at Leeds, and fans have been following his efforts at international level ahead of his arrival at Elland Road.

The Welsh winger did well in the 3-2 World Cup qualifying win in Belarus on Sunday.

James made some great runs on and off the ball, and was involved in the dramatic last-minute winner for his country.

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“The thing he’s got that frightens defenders and full-backs especially is that he’s quick,” Dixon said on ITV, via Wales Online.

“We don’t like being placed against a quick player, but he’s also got great control.

“He’s a bit like Giggsy in as much as when he runs with the ball he’s very quick.

“So when you put your foot in, you think you’ve won it, he’ll just knock it past you

“Because he’s so quick he then extends that. From a defender’s point of view you’ve got to stop him getting the ball.

“That is only the real way to play against him, or you get him into an avenue where he runs towards the corner flag.”

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