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Windass: Dan James to Leeds makes complete sense

Former Premier League striker Dean Windass believes that Dan James moving to Leeds makes complete sense.

The 23-year-old made the switch to Elland Road from Manchester United on deadline day, in a deal worth £25m.

James had started two of Manchester United’s opening three Premier League fixtures against both Leeds and Wolves last weekend, but after the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, it perhaps pushed James down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

During his time with Manchester United, James made 74 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals and assisting a further nine and has the ability to play off either wing.

Windass thinks James’ move to Leeds makes complete sense, telling Football FanCast: “Well it makes sense now because they signed Ronaldo. I think that’s just a replacement or you know in the situation where we all know Ronaldo can play anywhere along the frontline.

“Massive respect to Dan really, I think that obviously maybe he thought ‘I’m not going to play week in, week out when Ronaldo comes’ and he’s a Hull lad anyway, so he’s moving back towards Hull, he’s moving back this way.

“He’ll be back in Yorkshire and he’ll be a great addition to Leeds – I think you know obviously with the pace and the way Bielsa likes to play in a sense of tracking back, you’ve got to do the work without the ball not just with it and he’s got that all in his locker.”

James was Leeds’ fifth signing of the summer after Jack Harrison, Junior Firpo, Lewis Bate and Kristoffer Klaesson also joined the football club during the transfer window.

The pacey winger will provide competition amongst the Leeds ranks and manager Marcelo Bielsa will be delighted to have signed James at the second time of asking, as he was due to sign for the Whites a couple of years ago when he was at Swansea City, but the deal collapsed at the last minute.