Daniel James will likely start on the substitutes’ bench for Leeds United’s clash with Liverpool, according to reliable journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: James joins Leeds
The Whites enjoyed a productive end to the summer transfer window, signing James from Manchester United for £26million.
It is a shrewd transfer that should hopefully add more depth to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad, with James providing great pace and energy out wide and an ability for the manager to rotate stars like Jack Harrison and Raphinha.
The Latest: Hay gives update on debut
Leeds host Liverpool in a mouthwatering Premier League game next Sunday (September 12th), and speaking on The Phil Hay Show podcast [via MOT Leeds News], Hay tipped James to start on the substitutes’ bench at Elland Road:
“He was someone that Bielsa was mad keen on.
“I hope for his sake it is a better environment here, I hope for Leeds’ sake as well. I think he will have an arm put around him in a metaphorical sense.
“He will get games. He probably starts on the bench behind Raphinha and Jack Harrison.”
The Verdict: Makes perfect sense
Whites supporters will no doubt be keen to see James in action as soon as possible, but it makes perfect sense for him not to start against Liverpool.
In Raphinha and Jack Harrison, Leeds have two wide men who know Bielsa’s system inside out and they will be required at home to tough opposition.
James should come on at some point in the match, however, potentially providing fresh legs when the game is opening up – he has been hailed as ‘brilliant‘ by former teammate Marcus Rashford, who said the Welshman’s pace can cause defenders ‘nightmares‘, something sure to be evident against tired legs.
In other news, Hay has also explained one Leeds transfer decision this summer. Read more here.
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