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Between the Lines: Graham Potter tips James for PL move

Swansea City boss Graham Potter believes Leeds United target Daniel James will be playing Premier League football soon enough after he played a starring role in the club’s 4-1 FA Cup win over Brentford.

James, who almost joined Leeds on transfer deadline day, scored a brilliant solo goal as the Welsh side advanced to the quarter-finals.

What’s the word?

Leeds thought they had secured a deal to sign James on deadline day in January.

Per the Yorkshire Post, James passed a medical at the club and was at Elland Road, awaiting his unveiling, only for Swansea to pull the plug on the deal at the eleventh hour.

That report claims that Leeds were going to take James on loan and then sign him permanently in the summer if the Whites were promoted to the Premier League.

After James’ brilliant FA Cup display, Potter confirmed that Swansea are keen for him to stay at the club, though he says that he could well seal a move to the top-flight at the end of the season.

He said, per Football365: “The answer is yes, but it’s not as simple as that.

“All parties have to agree. It’s a process, you have to make sure everybody’s happy.”

But asked whether he could move to a Premier League club, Potter replied: “I would say certainly yes – if he was going to move anywhere.

“The ability to sprint repeatedly is at as high a level as you’re going to see.

“My responsibility as a head coach is to help him play football, to carry on with his career and to reach his potential because he’s still got a lot to do.

“But as you’ve seen here, he’s not playing against bad players. They’re not physically weak defenders, but he leaves them for dust.”

Leeds given hope

James has made his first-team breakthrough at Swansea this season.

In 20 Championship games, he has scored two goals and provided four assists, and he has clearly not allowed the collapse of his move to Elland Road affect his mentality.

His solo goal against Brentford saw him sprint almost the length of the pitch and will surely have whetted the appetite of Marcelo Bielsa.

If Leeds are promoted, it can be expected that they will return for the left winger, who can also play in attacking midfield and on the right flank.

And it appears that Swansea boss Potter will acquiesce to that pursuit if the Whites are a Premier League club, but Leeds will surely have to pay a premium to extricate him from the Liberty Stadium.

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