Leeds United and Dan James is truly the transfer saga that refuses to die.
A little over 12 months after the winger completed a stunning move to Manchester United instead of making the switch to Elland Road from Swansea City, we find ourselves pretty much back to where we started.
The Sun suggest that Marcelo Bielsa, who is a long-term admirer of the player, is plotting a second raid for his services in the coming weeks.
But would it be a wise move for the Whites?
The stats certainly seem to suggest it would be.
If we compare the Wales to Jack Harrison, a player he would surely be competing with at Elland Road, then we can see that he actually had a slightly better season last term.
As per Wyscout, James’ pass completion rate, dribble success rate, and shot accuracy were all higher than the Leeds man’s.
And those stats are pleasing for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, one of the main criticisms that is thrown at James is that he is little more than a pair of jet-heeled boots, a Nokia snake capable of travelling pretty effectively in a straight line and very little else.
If we look at the eight dribbles he completed against Southampton in one of his first games for United, we can see that he definitely has that in his locker – getting at players in advanced areas of the field and causing problems.
But equally, the fact that he is outstripping Harrison in those other areas suggests that he is more well-rounded than people give him credit for.
Again, referencing that game against the Saints, James hit 80% of his shots on target.
Harrison didn’t match that tally once last season.
And if you needed any further proof, James’ goal was something out of the top drawer too.
The effort had an xG of just 0.07, and yet he still managed to bag himself an absolute worldie.
From where James takes his shot to where it ends up is almost unbelievable.
The 22-year-old nestles it right into the top bracket, giving the keeper no chance.
At times over the past year, we might have lost sight of it a little, but make no mistake, James does have talent in abundance.
If Bielsa has his heart set on a move, and if the price is right, then we would be all for a second attempt at trying to sign the Welsh dazzler.
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