Leeds United forward Dan James is expected to remain at the club beyond the summer transfer window, following an on-air claim by Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol.
The Welshman joined the Whites from Manchester United back in January, with manager-at-the-time Marcelo Bielsa seeing him as someone who could aid their Premier League relegation fight with his pace and exuberance.
James has struggled to fully impress in a Leeds shirt to date, however, showing plenty of endeavour but only scoring four goals in 38 appearances from his attacking role.
A summer exit for the 24-year-old has been rumoured with Tottenham believed to be showing a ‘shock interest‘.
Speaking live on Sky Sports News on Friday [via MOT Leeds News], Solhekol confirmed the interest from Tottenham but dropped a pretty definitive update on the player’s future:
“Leeds United want another forward and it looks like they’re going to keep Dan James.
“Tottenham were interested.”
James’ work-rate and blistering pace are positive assets, but he may be limited to a squad role between now and the end of the season, despite being hailed as ‘brilliant’ by Marcus Rashford and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying he has an ‘X-factor’.
The Wales international lacks the all-round quality and end product to be a regular starter, with the likes of Brenden Aaronson, Jack Harrison and new star Luis Sinisterra more exciting options moving forward.
It could be that James is moved on next summer instead, should his form continue to be patchy, but this is a great opportunity for him to show Jesse Marsch that he is worth persevering with.
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