Patrick Bamford lays out the benefit of Dan James’ unique Leeds United arrival

Patrick Bamford revealed that it feels like Dan James ‘has been at the club for ages’ when asked if the new signing has settled into life at Leeds United.

The Wales winger has already made his Whites debut following his deadline day move from Manchester United as he came off the bench in the defeat to Liverpool.

Despite having never played for the club previously, it felt something of a homecoming when James’ signing was announced.

He very nearly made the switch to Elland Road back in January 2019 but the deal infamously fell through in the closing stages of the transfer window.

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Bamford claimed that, because of his history with Leeds, his arrival reminded him of a former player returning to the club.

“Because of the whole thing where he nearly signed but didn’t sign, it felt like he was in the club,” he told the official Leeds United podcast.

“It’s almost like he’s already been here and seeing him in the dressing wasn’t like ‘oh he’s a new player’. It was like ‘morning mate, are you alright?’ and it feels like he’s been there for ages.

“He knows Tyler [Roberts] from the Wales squad and he’s a good lad, he’s proper chatty and he’s just one of the boys.

“He wasn’t shy or anything so he’s fit right in.”

A player settling straight into their new club is important for a number reasons, none more so than the fact that Marcelo Bielsa often waits to bed his new signings into the side over a prolonged period of time.

It was telling to see James’s involvement in the first match he was available for, albeit from the substitutes’ bench.

However, with Raphinha and Jack Harrison still being two of the regulars at Leeds, it is unlikely the 23-year-old will make his full debut at St James’ Park against Newcastle.

The trip to Fulham in the Carabao Cup third round next Tuesday will present Bielsa with the best opportunity to throw in his new £25m man from the start.

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