“Something I’ll Think About”

Daniel James says his time as a striker under Marcelo Bielsa will help him improve when he eventually returns to the wing for Leeds.

James has been used as a makeshift striker by Los Blancos in the absence of Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo through injury.

His form has struggled and he has only scored twice with an assist so far this season, but the Wales international says BBC West Yorkshire that his spell as number 9 will make him a better winger when he finally gets back there.

“I enjoyed it,” he said. “Obviously it’s not a position I see myself playing long term but with the injuries we have it’s somewhere he’s seen that I can play there.

“It’s not a place I’ve played before, but I’m learning every day in this position. I think it’s good for me to learn all the positions. I said before you can find yourself in any position and sometimes you have to know what the striker is thinking or what the winger is thinking, so I think that helped me a lot.

“Especially about where if I play on the wing again, how the 9 thinks and what position he wants to be in. So when I play there again, that’s something I will think about. “


James was a long-term target for Bielsa at Elland Road, but he’s yet to really show why with his performances.

Granted, he was out of position for much of it, but his overall play was relatively poor and he didn’t help Leeds much in their poor run.

If, however, he absorbs all this new information and improves his overall game for a possible return to the wing, then that can only be a good thing.

We saw how well Bamford did last season when he got serve so if Leeds can get him back into shape and fire again with the added dimension of pace from James in their attack then they are on a winner.

There’s plenty more to come from James in a white shirt, and the sooner he starts showing it off, the better.

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Edward L. Robinett