Leeds United winger Dan James won’t play for the Whites again after his loan move away this summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Lowdown: James loaned out
The Welshman secured a temporary switch to Fulham during the summer transfer window, having fallen out of Jesse Marsch’s plans at Elland Road.
The signings of Brenden Aaronson and Luis Sinisterra had pushed James further down the pecking order, so a move away made sense for all parties.
He will return to Leeds next summer but a fresh claim suggests he won’t be there for long.
The Latest: Expert makes big claim
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Jones stated that he believes James has played his last match for Leeds, with a permanent exit on the cards in 2023:
“I mean, all signs suggest that that’s it for him now. I mean, they wouldn’t be letting him out on loan to another Premier League club, which is essentially going to be a kind of rival in terms of league position to season you would imagine, to then bring him back.”
The Verdict: Easy to see happening
James felt like an overpriced signing at the time when he joined Leeds last year and that is exactly what he has proved to be, following a string of underwhelming performances.
Just four goals and five assists in 40 appearances for the Whites simply isn’t good enough, and while his work ethic is admirable, Marsch will feel he can buy a far higher calibre of player.
James will eventually be viewed as a huge waste of money – a rare error from the legendary Marcelo Bielsa – and it will make sense for everyone if he departs for a reasonable fee next summer.
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