By George Overhill

28th Oct, 2023 | 6:40pm

BBC pundit shocked by 'on fire' Dan James realisation after Leeds United thrash Huddersfield Town

Dan James is “on fire” currently for Leeds United to an extent that Ross McCormack didn’t even realise until recently, the former Whites man has said.

Speaking live on BBC Radio Leeds after the 4-1 win over Huddersfield on Saturday (28 October) the pundit admitted it had “surprised” him to find out how many goals and assists the Welsh winger has been contributing of late.

James scored twice in the first half as he and Crysencio Summerville blew the Terriers away to get Daniel Farke’s side back to winning ways, and take his totals to three goals and four assists this season.

McCormack said (2.31pm): “His numbers are right up there aren’t they? It actually surprised me when I looked at it a couple of weeks ago about how many goals and assists he’s actually got in the last eight, nine, or ten games.

“He’s on fire at the minute and long may it continue.”

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Having so often been a frustrating figure for Leeds United fans, and then sent out on loan to Fulham last season when unwanted by Jesse Marsch, it is major comeback for James to starting regularly and having such an impact.

It is arguably the first time he has had a proper run in the first team at his preferred position out wide since signing from Manchester United three summers ago.

Having frequently been used as a false-nine in his time with the club, by both Marcelo Bielsa and Marsch, thanks to injuries within the squad he has never been able to get into a proper rhythm.

With the likes of Willy Gnonto, Crysencio Summerville and Luis Sinisterra in the squad to start the campaign few would have expected James to emerge as one of the key men for Farke.

He is still being surpassed by the performances that Summerville is currently turning in, but in conjunction with Georginio Rutter the trio are forming a dynamic unit.

He’s already just one goal and one assist short of his best return in a Whites shirt and if he continues the way he is going he should far surpass them this term.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared the reaction Patrick Bamford received in his first appearance since the penalty miss against Stoke.