Politician and radio host George Galloway has questioned Leeds United’s decision to spend £25m on Dan James during the summer transfer market.
The Lowdown: Leeds get their man
In 2019, Leeds had all but confirmed the signing of James from Swansea City – he had even been pictured with a club shirt – but the move fell through on deadline day (via inews).
In the summer, they finally confirmed the signing of the Wales international, this time from Manchester United, for a fee of £25m (BBC).
The Latest: Galloway questions James signing
Writing on his official Twitter account, Galloway questioned the fee paid for the 23-year-old. He said:
“I don’t wish to be unkind and I’m rooting for Wales but I just cannot understand how Dan James can possibly be a £25million player…”
The Verdict: Overpaid
While James is not Leeds’ record signing – that honour remains with Rodrigo, who was captured from Valencia for £26m – the £25m fee is still a considerable one for Leeds to part with.
Is James worth £25m?
He was never able to nail down a regular starting spot in the Red Devils’ starting XI, and ended up making just 15 appearances in the Premier League last term, scoring just three times, as his club finished second in the table (Transfermarkt).
If he had not been playing for one of the biggest clubs in the country, it is hard to see how he would be worth such a large fee given that kind of form.
All that said, the winger is still young, and if he can add some more consistent end product to his pace and dribbling ability then he could more than prove his worth down the line.
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