Leeds United news as Daniel James’ Wales absence explained following Elland Road move


Here are your Leeds United evening headlines on Wednesday, September 1.

Neville delivers Daniel James transfer verdict

Gary Neville claimed that it was very important for Dan James to go in search of first-team football as he confirmed his deadline day move to Leeds United.

The Wales international’s departure from Manchester United, which was understood to have cost in the region of £25m, was announced with just hours left of the transfer window.

He was deemed surplus to requirements for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the re-arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo after 12 years away from the Premier League.

Neville admitted to Sky Sports News that the move will be perfect for James who needs regular game time.


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“It’s really good for Dan James,” he said. “It’s one of those where this is a win-win.

“He came to [Manchester] 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.”

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Leeds avoid damaging Arsenal scenario with ‘free’ transfer dealings

Daniel James arrived at Elland Road yesterday to much fanfare as the 23-year-old finally secured a switch to Leeds United.

It has been described as a homecoming of sorts, despite the fact James has never represented Leeds, or had an affiliation with the Whites previously.

This sentiment of course stems from the fact that as a 20-year-old, James was on the cusp of becoming a Leeds player, only for his then-employer Swansea City to veto the deal due to boardroom politics.

Now though, James will be pulling on the No. 20 at Elland Road, possibly as soon as Liverpool at home in 11 days’ time.

First, he heads out for international duty where he will join up with Tyler Roberts, who will no doubt brief him on what it means to be a Leeds United player – and to work under Marcelo Bielsa.

James was the final piece to Bielsa’s puzzle, a move in the offing for quite some time, and unlikely to have been completed if not for other transfers taking place elsewhere.

Junior Firpo, Kristoffer Klaesson and Jack Harrison were Leeds’ other permanent additions to the first-team squad this summer; a largely successful window, despite the nip-and-tuck nature of last-minute deals.

While Leeds spent roughly £50 million on those four signings – equating to half their investment in the playing squad the previous summer – there were a handful of boardroom dealings that could prove to be equally beneficial, if not more so in future.

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Roberts starts for Wales but there’s no place for James

Tyler Robers has started for Rob Page’s side against Finland this afternoon, however, Leeds new boy Dan James is a notable absentee.

Aaron Ramsey, Kieffer Moore, Joe Rodon, Adam Davies, David Brooks, George Thomas and Neco Williams are all absent for Wales this evening as a result of injuries, Covid-19 issues and visa problems.

The Welsh squad have travelled to Helsinki for this evening’s game but James has been left out of the squad, despite travelling to Finland after completing his move to Elland Road.

Boss Rob Page explained why before kick-off.

“I’m really pleased for him now,” he told Sky Sports after being asked about James’ move to Elland Road. “He’s in the club, he’s finally got it sorted, it’s the third time they were after him.

“He’s at a club where he’s going to be loved and enjoy his football again and that is what we all want. He met up with us last night and he’s in good spirits, but this has just come a bit too soon for him.

“That’s the frustrating thing with having the window and this international come. I understand that these players want to go and sort their careers out and I’m going to back them to do that as long as it’s not to the detriment of what we want to do. For the friendly, common sense has got to prevail and I’ve allowed them to stay and sort that out.”





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