By Sean Fisher

16th Nov, 2022 | 9:10pm

Chances of Daniel James returning to Leeds United look slim after his latest comments

Daniel James departed Leeds United on loan to Fulham on deadline day and the 25-year-old scored his first goal for the Cottagers last weekend.

Despite joining Leeds for £25million in 2021 [BBC], James left Elland Road just 12 months later after Jesse Marsch deemed him surplus to requirements.

The Welsh winger has struggled for game time at Fulham, but came off the bench to score his first goal for the club against Manchester United on the weekend.

He’s since reflected on his time with Leeds via Wales Online, and his comments about the club suggest he doesn’t plan on returning.

“I wanted to play games and be fit coming into the tournament. It was always on my mind,” said James.

“I was there for a season (at Leeds) and really enjoyed it. I loved the place and my family loved it there.

“It was tough (to leave), it was deadline day and it was last minute. I was thinking about the World Cup and maybe I was going to get more game time. That was always on my mind. I’ve never thought since that I’ve made the wrong decision. I still believe I made the right one.”

A thing of the past

James speaks about his time at Elland Road like a distant memory.

He’s still contracted to Leeds and is set to return, but his comments suggest that he plans on staying at Craven Cottage beyond his initial loan spell.

If James never does return to Elland Road, his £25million fee has to go down as yet another disastrous move by the club.

Marcelo Bielsa was a long-term fan of the winger, but he was wasteful and indecisive when played and Marsch never seemed to have the same trust in him.

Instead, Marsch has chosen to put his trust in Crysencio Summerville, and he has shone for the Whites this season. If James does depart, he may be the only silver lining in the story.

Whether or not Fulham and Leeds have already agreed a deal for James is yet to be revealed, but it’s hard to see a way back into the Leeds side for the 25-year-old.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds United attacker Rodrigo could seal a permanent transfer for £40m