Leeds United are reportedly set to reignite their interest in Manchester United winger Daniel James after famously missing out in January 2019 while he was at Swansea City.
Rewind back to deadline day in January 2019 and Leeds were working extremely hard to bring in Wales international and Swansea City livewire, Dan James.
Documented in Leeds’ Amazon Prime Documentary ‘Take Us Home’, James arrived at Elland Road and completed all the formalities of a deal to become Marcelo Bielsa’s latest Leeds United player as they looked to clinch promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking under the Argentine.
However, as was a metaphor for the 2018/19 season, the deal inexplicably fell through at the final hurdle with Swansea refusing to deal whilst James was stranded at Elland Road thinking all was well with the transfer.
The following summer, James completed a dream move to Manchester United and hit the ground running, but struggled to maintain his early season form and has fallen out of favour while Mason Greenwood shines.
Leeds have since seen Helder Costa and Jack Harrison shine on the flanks but squad depth has become more of a priority for El Loco this season as he looks to steer the side to safety.
The Sun’s Alan Nixon has reported that Leeds could be back in for the Welsh speedster with a £12million offer to their arch-rivals across the Pennines.
The Leeds fans were very split on the club potentially going back in for a player who’s signed for our hated rivals…
There is no doubt in my mind that Dan James would enhance this Leeds United squad and it’s also clear that James would want to play under Bielsa, considering he was agonisingly close to signing in 18/19.
Harrison and Costa look undroppable at the moment so it might be a tall order for James to come in and nail down a starting spot, but there’s a player there that Bielsa has always held in high regard, even if his United spell isn’t going well.
The one concern with a deal like this is that you just hope that it isn’t in place of the other deals we have going right now, such as Rodrigo De Paul discussions.
James’ lack of progression at Man United might be down to a tactical system that doesn’t suit him, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hardly exuding the tactical acumen that Marcelo Bielsa does.