By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

19th Oct, 2021 | 9:10pm

Leeds United didn't need to sign Daniel James - pundit

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United.

Leeds United didn’t need to sign Daniel James from Manchester United in the summer, according to Paul Robinson.

James, 23, joined the Whites on transfer deadline day in a deal that could end up being worth a club-record £30million.

He and Junior Firpo were the only real first-team additions in the summer despite Leeds needing to bolster their squad in other areas such as at full-back, in the centre of the midfield and up front.

On Saturday, as Leeds lost 1-0 to Southampton, Marcelo Bielsa was without numerous star players including Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford.

While James had to start that game due to Raphinha being unavailable, Robinson does not believe that signing him was justified when other areas needed to be sorted out by Victor Orta.

“Dan James is a good addition to the squad but an addition they didn’t necessarily need,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“I think the injuries they’ve had of late highlights how light the squad is.

“Leeds’ transfer activity left them short in certain areas and I think when you’ve got four key players out, as they have now, the lack of strength in depth really shows.”

James is yet to really make an impact since joining Leeds.

He’s played just six times in all competitions but he hasn’t really produced what we expected he would and neither has he supplied a goal or an assist.

Leeds play Wolves this weekend as they aim to get back to winning ways but Raphinha is likely to be available.

It’ll be interesting to see whether James stays in the starting line-up or is dropped and Jack Harrison starts on the opposite flank to the Brazilian ace.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to re-sign this former midfielder in January.