By Jonty Banks

22nd Nov, 2022 | 2:10pm

View: Leeds United must sign off on permanent exit of Dan James immediately after World Cup

As Leeds United fans watched Tyler Adams dominate throughout for the USA against Wales, another of their own, Dan James, slid into obscurity.

The 25-year-old winger started up front for the Welsh alongside Gareth Bale in the tense 1-1 draw in Group B but was substituted at half-time following an ineffective and ultimately frustrating performance.

It was perhaps harsh on James to be the only player substituted after a truly dire first half from the whole team, but his replacement Keiffer Moore changed the game – and ultimately led to the Welsh revival.

The loaned-out speedster wasn’t his usual self on the big stage and seemed to be lacking confidence whenever getting on the ball.

Not once did he get the burners on and run at the USA defence in one-on-one situations or even attempt to link up with his captain Bale.

As Robert Page’s side was pinned back in the early stages of the game, they required an outlet that could hold the ball up and bring teammates into play – but James could not even manage this.

Too often the ball bounced straight off his feet and too often he couldn’t compete with Tim Ream and Walker Zimmerman in the air, resulting in a largely anonymous 45-minute cameo.

The stark contrast to Moore was quite astonishing, with the Bournemouth forward terrorising the USA defence with his strength and ultimately sparking the Welsh players into life.

Jesse Marsch would have been watching the match with keen interest after Adams led the USA down the tunnel as captain and Brenden Aaronson came on for an energetic cameo – but the Leeds manager would have been bitterly disappointed with the Welsh winger’s performance.

After leaving Leeds for Fulham in a deadline-day loan move, James would have looked at the World Cup as the perfect opportunity to stake his claim for a return to Elland Road.

But if Victor Orta was in the stands as expected, then James’ performance would have all but confirmed that the release of the Welshman in the summer was, in fact, the correct call.

Orta must now look to part ways with the 25-year-old on a permanent basis and cut his losses on what has been a transfer disaster for Leeds.

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