By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

7th Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

Paul Robinson 'baffled' at Leeds United decision to loan Dan James to Fulham

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Paul Robinson cannot fathom why Leeds United decided to sell Welsh winger Dan James right at the end of the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old completed a deadline-day move to Leeds’ Premier League rivals Fulham for the season after the blessing of Jesse Marsch was given to the deal.

The Welsh international had played in all five of the Whites’ games so far this season before he made the switch to the capital and the banks of the River Thames.

Robinson thought can’t understand why the American manager would sanction such a high-profile exit when there was not an obvious replacement at Elland Road already.

“I don’t get it at all,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “I don’t know whether he was clearly not in the manager’s plans or maybe they thought they had another player coming in that position and it didn’t happen.

“But with Rodrigo being injured for the amount of time that he is and the start to the season he’s had – he’s been exceptional – Gelhardt hasn’t played regularly under this manager at all.

“To let a player go who has played so many minutes under this manager, I don’t get it. I never saw him as an out-and-out striker and didn’t like him as a false nine but he’s a kid with a lot of talent so to let him go to a direct rival, I’m pretty baffled by it.”

James’ Fulham will travel to Elland Road on 23 October but he won’t be in the squad due to Premier League loan rules denying him the chance to show Marsch why he was wrong to let him go.

In other Leeds United news, a star of the TV show Bridgerton has been waxing lyrical over one player Marsch brought to LS11 this summer.