As reported by The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay, Swansea boss Graham Potter has told Daniel James to ignore speculation about his future at the Liberty Stadium and admitted that he was unaware of any interest in the player on Leeds’ behalf.
The Whites are clearly keen to get a new wide-man on the books and identified James as their number one target this month as they look towards the final stretch of the season in hopes of securing their long-awaited return to the top flight.
The departure of Samu Saiz to Getafe has left Marcelo Bielsa a creator short and the squad is looking increasingly thin after some of the younger players not in the first team picture were loaned out too, so it is no surprise that the enigmatic Argentine wants to bring in some fresh blood this month.
James, 21, has chalked up one goal and four assists in 17 league appearances this season and, if the Swans want to be in with a shout of a play-off spot, losing the Welshman would slash their chances.
With his contract expiring in 18 months time, the suggestion that Potter has had to convince James to focus on his football rather than transfer speculation is a big indicator that his head has been turned by the prospect of a switch to Elland Road.
Here’s how Leeds fans interpreted Potter’s comments on James…
Sounds like his head has been turned if the coming out and saying ignore it
— PezLUFC💙💛 (@aperry1986) January 24, 2019
It actually hasn’t got anything to do with him, it’s an owners game. He’ll do as he’s told.
— Hamez LUFC (@HamezLufc) January 24, 2019
Nothing in that article says it isn't happening. Usual manager response to speculation. Ultimately down to the club and player.
— Tim Fairley (@timfairley) January 24, 2019
“it’s a bit unfair that he’s exposed to this”. Deal with it Potter. Jack Clarke’s played about 10 games for us and we’ve already had Palace on the blower.
— Rob Prince (@OnTheRob) January 24, 2019
Time to bid even if they don’t indicate they’ll accept? Teams do that all the tome to unsettle players…
— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) January 24, 2019
Lost me at unaware of Leeds’ interest. How could he not be?
— Thomas (@Tickets_1) January 24, 2019
‘Playing down’ is so so different from ‘ruling out’ so fingers crossed this still comes off.
— Mike Wardley (@mikwar8) January 25, 2019
We’ll see him at ER tomorrow, then?
— Roar Gustavsen (@roagust3) January 24, 2019
Player power always wins, and it’s clear that James wants the move
— Lee.ds (@anyoldsport) January 24, 2019
Seen the interview and says he’s been telling him to try and concentrate on his football, is that not a admission of the players head being turned?
— Jonny Hardie (@jphardie84) January 24, 2019