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Leeds United: Daniel James was awful for Wales in Nations League

Leeds United loanee Daniel James made an appearance for Wales in their defeat to Belgium on Thursday, a result that now leaves them on the brink of relegation from Nations League Group A ahead of their clash with Poland tomorrow night.

The winger picked up his 37th cap for his county, however, he was completely anonymous against the Red Devils – contributing to Wales’ failure to pick up a single win in the international tournament so far, and helping to prove that Leeds made the right decision in letting him go out on loan with Fulham this season.

Over the course of his 90 minutes on the pitch against Belgium, the 24-year-old lost 100% of his duels, completed just 13 passes and lost possession of the ball every 3.1 touches, as well as failing to complete any of his dribble attempts – proving that he was merely a passenger in the defeat.

This performance doesn’t inspire confidence in James’ chances of returning to Elland Road any time soon, especially after Phil Hay predicted just weeks ago that the winger would be unlikely to ever return following his loan spell at Craven Cottage.

Hay took to a Q&A on The Athletic to give his predictions on the former Manchester United ace’s future:

“I don’t think I see Dan James coming back, or it feels like a long shot. James is 24. He’s not especially young and Leeds have essentially said to him that they can do without him this season.”

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Back in the Premier League, James has not exactly been lighting it up at Fulham either, as, over his six performances for Marco Silva’s side he has enjoyed an average of just 16 touches per game, completed 33% of his dribbles and lost 53% of his duels, as well as failed to score or provide an assist.

Meanwhile, his replacement on the wing, Luis Sinisterra, has been making his mark within Jesse March’s side, scoring three goals and registering one assist in just six appearances – which will surely delight Jesse Marsch.

As such, it will be interesting to see what Leeds will do with James when he returns from his season-long loan next summer, but it is clear the club have moved on and rightly so, as he is proving for both club and country exactly why Leeds let him go.

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