Paul Robinson demands more from Leeds United winger Daniel James
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Paul Robinson wants to see Daniel James improve as he feels Raphinha and Jack Harrison are ahead of him in the winger pecking order at Leeds United.
Leeds agreed a club-record deal to sign James from Manchester United on transfer deadline day but the Wales international is yet to really make his mark at Elland Road.
With Raphinha set to miss the match at Southampton on Saturday due to Brazil playing in the early hours of Friday morning, Harrison and James are likely to start on the two wings at St Mary’s.
However, Robinson claims that when Raphinha is available, he and Harrison are the two first-choice wingers for manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “If he’s fit, Raphinha plays regardless and the other place is between Daniel James and Jack Harrison.
“Harrison, for me, has the edge at the moment because he’s got an end product and has been playing well.
“James is a very fit player with great energy, great attitude and he’s got great application. But I think there’s more improvement to be had there and I think he will do that under Marcelo Bielsa. There’s more end product needed.
“I saw him play for Wales and he played a lot higher up, which proves he can play alongside a striker. He got his goal for Wales so he’s proven he can play as a second striker.
“Out of the three of them, if they’re going to stay as wide players, Raphinha, James and Harrison have got it all to do to get into the team.
“Obviously, he’s going to play this weekend because Raphinha’s not going to be back but the squad’s got strength in depth.“
While James is yet to sparkle in the Premier League for Leeds, the ex-Swansea attacker did score for Wales in their 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic last week.
He played up front against both the Czechs and Estonia, who Wales beat 1-0 on Monday.
Harrison, 24, was an unused substitute in the win over Watford in the last game before the international break and has played just once in the last month for the Whites.
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