It has now been nearly two months since Leeds United’s deadline day deal with Swansea City for Dan James fell apart yet it still a major talking point at Elland Road.
The winger had already passed a medical at the club ahead of a £10m switch (according to the Telegraph) before the Jacks decided to withdraw from the deal with just minutes before the transfer window closed, much to the dismay of Marcelo Bielsa and co.
Since the dramatic collapse, James has demonstrated just why the Whites were so keen on signing him, producing outstanding displays for both club and country and thus attracting interest from elsewhere. Reports in the Daily Mail have linked the 21-year-old with a summer move to Manchester City after he caught the eye of Pep Guardiola during the Swans’ 3-2 defeat to the Premier League champions in the FA Cup earlier this month.
Although nothing concrete has been agreed by the two clubs in terms of a deal, it should illustrate to Bielsa that it should be time to give up on chasing James. The fall-out from the failure to secure the winger’s signature in January may have dented the 63-year-old’s pride but it also opened his eyes to the talent that he already has at his disposal.
Teenagers Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton have been majorly impressive this season and have shown a similar level of promise to James since coming through Leeds’ academy. It could be argued that Clarke, in particular, has shown even more talent than the Swansea winger this season and is on course to becoming the club’s best youth product since the emergence of Lewis Cook in 2014.
Bielsa also has the option of playing the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Ezgjan Alioski and even Kemar Roofe in wide positions over the coming years and therefore should focus on developing players who are dedicated to the Whites’ future rather than continuing to chase after James.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should your club finally stop their interest in James? Or do you still want the Wales star to move to Elland Road? Let us know below.
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