New Leeds United man Daniel James has revealed that Liam Cooper was texting him ahead of his move from Manchester United.
The Lowdown: Deadline day move
Leeds once again acted on deadline day to bring in a winger, almost 12 months on from landing Raphinha from Rennes for £17m.
James completed his medical and finalised an Elland Road switch on Tuesday afternoon and made an interesting comment speaking to Leeds’ official media team regarding his new teammates.
Who would you move central?
The Latest: James’ comments
James admitted shortly after his move went through that he’s had ‘great’ chats with his new teammates, before picking out Wales teammate Tyler Roberts and club captain Liam Cooper.
“I know Liam text me quite a few times as well and I play with Tyler at Wales so it’s a great group of lads and I just can’t wait to play in front of these fans.”
It appears as if Cooper may well have been on James’ case to make sure there wasn’t a repeat of his deal from Swansea City falling through.
The Verdict: Shrewd move?
Marcelo Bielsa is clearly a huge fan of James, with the Leeds boss having a file on his computer dedicated to the winger back in 2019.
James has been on the club’s radar ever since his January move collapsed in 2019, so it’ll be interesting to see what plans Bielsa has for the club’s latest signing.
Raphinha, James and Jack Harrison are the three senior wide options after Helder Costa left for Valencia, so Bielsa may decide to use one of Raphinha or Harrison in a central role to accommodate James.
Either way, it looks like the skipper has had a hand in securing one of Bielsa’s long-term targets.
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