Leeds United have had a roller-coaster of a season this year, haven’t they Whites fans?
After making a storming start to the campaign, Marcelo Bielsa’s side looked favourites to secure automatic promotion with just a handful of fixtures left to play.
However, a shocking run of results which included defeats to Wigan Athletic, Brentford and most recently Ipswich Town saw the club drop out of the top-two with a return to the Premier League now reliant on them overcoming the lottery of the play-offs.
In recent weeks, Leeds’ struggles in-front of goal has seen them use a number of different midfield partnerships which have had varying levels of success. Whereas the likes of Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich have been notably impressive, the likes of Jack Harrison and Jack Clarke have failed to deliver when it really matters.
For Clarke, it has been a disappointing end to what has been a promising debut season for the Whites and although he has all the ingredients needed to become a hero at Elland Road in the future, it may be beneficial for the club’s fortunes if they re-ignite their interest in Dan James over the summer.
Having seen a move to Leeds scuppered by Swansea City’s decision to pull out of a deal on deadline day in January (via the Telegraph), the 21-year-old responded to the disappointment by taking his performances to the next level for the Welsh side as he has scored two goals and provided five assists for his team-mates.
An undeniably talented player, James’ lightning-quick pace was directly compared to Kylian Mbappe’s trademark bursts earlier this season as he fired in a stunning strike following a fine individual run against Brentford with the Telegraph revealing that his top speed (36 kph) was the same as the PSG star.
Although it is fair to say that the winger has a lot to prove if he is to reach the World Cup winner’s record, there is no reason why he cannot achieve a successful career at Elland Road if Bielsa convinces him to reconsider a move to the West Yorkshire when the transfer window opens in July
According to Football Insider, James is still in contact with Leeds over the possibility of a summer switch from with Swansea boss Graham Potter admitting to WalesOnline on Sunday that is uncertain about if the midfielder will remain at the Liberty Stadium next season.
Speaking after the Jacks’ 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers, the 43-year-old revealed that “No-one can see into the future as with all of the players.
It’s football, it’s part of the industry.”
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa reignite his interest in signing James in the summer? Or is not worth trying to negotiate a deal with Swansea given the club’s previous escapades in January? Let us know below.
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