Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, who is now working for the club’s community foundation, has tipped Dan James to make his mark at Elland Road quickly, following his move from Manchester United.
The Lowdown: James takes time to settle
The Welshman signed from United at the end of the summer transfer window, coming in for around £25million, making him the Whites’ second-most expensive signing in history.
While James has done adequately in his first three appearances for Leeds, he is still searching for his first goal or assist.
The Latest: Whelan makes bold statement
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan says he has total faith in James matching the expectations of him, thriving for Leeds once he fully adjusts to life at the club:
“I think he’s still getting used to playing with his new teammates. When you come from Manchester United, you will be highly regarded.
“We know what a good player he is, that’s why we wanted to sign him even before this summer.
“We know there’s more to come from him in terms of assists and goals, we’ve seen him do that for Wales and Manchester United in the past.
“We’re just waiting for that moment where it all clicks into place, and that might come in the form of an assist or a goal which could really kickstart his season.”
The Verdict: Needs to justify price tag
James’ price tag means there is immediate pressure from the off, with such expensive signings required to be influential performers straight away.
The same applied with club-record purchase Rodrigo last season, as the Spaniard flattered to deceive too often in a Whites shirt.
James clearly has the talent required to prove his worth – he has been hailed as ‘brilliant’ by Marcus Rashford – but he has done just okay so far and will hopefully find another gear after the international break.
In other news, Whelan has made an exciting claim regarding another Leeds player. Find out who it is here.
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