Chris Sutton outraged at 'angry little fella' Dan James in Leeds United v Crystal Palace
Leeds United forward Dan James was slammed by Chris Sutton for a foul on Joel Ward that got both players booked at Crystal Palace Monday night (25 April).
Early in the second half the Welshman was late and high on the home defender as he looked to clip the ball upfield, catching him and causing an angry reaction that other players got involved in.
The challenge resulted in James’ seventh booking in the league this year, identifying a real weakness in his game, and Sutton was outraged at the incident on the match commentary.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live he said: “That was daft from Dan.
“He comes in so late. It’s stupidity, it really is. Angry little fella there. Blimey.
“Why put yourself under that pressure?”
Commentator Jonathan Pearce suggested: “Well he’s showing spirit and commitment, but you need to channel it in the right direction don’t you?”
But Sutton shut it down with: “Spirit, commitment, and stupidity. What was the point of that? Ward was always getting there first.”
The 24-year-old was arguably lucky to get another start up front for United, with both Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt both fit.
His goal output is way down from the man he replaced in the central striking role, Patrick Bamford.
And while he can use his speed and tenacity to close down well, he won’t continue to get opportunities if he tackles like he did tonight and risks getting sent off.
He was also possibly lucky to stay on at Selhurst Park, but was eventually substituted on the hour for Greenwood.
The challenge and resulting melee was one of many flash points in a tetchy game that remained goalless.
With Burnley resurgent and Everton still not too far back, the Whites risk falling back into the relegation battle if they cannot score goals.
So James may not remain in the team for long with alternatives now available.
In other Leeds United news, the club is showing a concerning attitude towards the exit of a fan-favourite.