Journalist Phil Hay revealed the brilliant story behind Dan James’ quest to take part in Leeds’ Tuesday night trip to Fulham.
The Lowdown: Leeds go through on penalties
The Whites faced Fulham in the third round of the Carabao Cup, eventually prevailing in a penalty shootout, following a goalless draw at Craven Cottage.
James started the game and scored his spot-kick, as he looks to hit the ground running in Yorkshire, following his summer move from Manchester United.
The Latest: Brilliant James story revealed
“Great story with Dan James. His partner gave birth to a baby boy at lunchtime today. Spent a few hours at the hospital and then took a helicopter down to London to play tonight. Explains the very warm welcome he got from Cooper et al.”
The Verdict: Dedication from new signing
James’ work ethic may be something that stood out for Marcelo Bielsa – Marcus Rashford has also described it as ‘brilliant’ – and this sums up his desire to play football for the Whites.
Some players may simply ask for the night off – understandably so, in the eyes of many – but the Welshman is clearly focused on making an immediate impact at Elland Road and proving himself to the fans and manager.
Another start may now come his way in Saturday’s visit of West Ham, as Leeds desperately search for their first Premier League win of the season.
In other news, a pundit is concerned about one Leeds player. Find out who it is here.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience