Wales boss Rob Page’s Dan James pride after ’emotional draining’ time for Leeds United new boy

Wales manager Rob Page has spoken of his pride after Daniel James set up the winner for Wales against Belarus.

James sat out of Wales’ draw with Finland in Helsinki after securing a deadline day move to Elland Road.

The new Leeds United winger was restored to the starting line-up against Belarus and set up Gareth Bale’s injury time winner.

The Wales head coach believes the move has emotionally and physically ‘drained’ the Leeds new boy but was ‘proud’ of his performance against The White Wings.

Speaking to the Express & Star, Page said: “He is still a young lad, DJ. He has had a lot to deal with this last couple of years.

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“Going to a club as enormous as Manchester United and then on transfer deadline day having to stay behind and sort out another move to another big club in Leeds.

“There is a lot going on that has emotionally drained him as well as physically.

“So to go and give a performance, I am really proud of him.”

Wales were made to work for their three points in Group E and weren’t helped by the state of the pitch which had not been watered ahead of kick-off.

James wasn’t able to be as effective as his usual self but played a decisive part in setting up the winner for Gareth Bale.

Page said: “If I was manager I probably would have said the same.

“It wasn’t a winger’s pitch. DJ couldn’t get at the full-back with his pace, where he would normally on a wet pitch.

“Wingers like wet pitches where they can get at full-backs and knock the ball past them and get crosses in the box or shots off.

“He was frustrated with the pitch because the ball kept getting stuck under his feet.

“But the next time we will hopefully get the pitch watered, we certainly will on Wednesday.”

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