By Daniel Feliciano

4th Feb, 2022 | 9:10pm

Dan James details playing as a No.9 for Leeds

Daniel James says his spell as a striker under Marcelo Bielsa will help him improve when he eventually moves back to the wing for Leeds.

James has been used as a makeshift striker by the Whites in the absence of both Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo through injury.

His form has struggled and he’s only scored twice with one assist so far this season, but the Wales international told BBC West Yorkshire that his spell as a number 9 will make him a better winger when he eventually moves back out there.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s not obviously a position that I see myself playing in the long-term but with the injuries we have, it’s somewhere he’s seen that I can play there.

“It’s not somewhere that I’ve played before, but I’m learning every day in that position. I think it’s good for me to learn all positions. I said before you can end up in any position and at times you have to know what the striker’s thinking or what the winger’s thinking so I think it’s helped me a lot.

“Especially to where if I play on the wing again, to how the 9 thinks and what position he wants to be in. So definitely when I play there again it’s something I’ll be thinking of.”


James was a long-term target for Bielsa at Elland Road, but he’s yet to really show why with his performances.

Granted he’s been out of position for a lot of it, but his overall game has been relatively poor and he hasn’t helped Leeds much in their poor run.

If however he is soaking all this new information in though and improving his overall game for an eventual return to the wing, then it can only be a good thing.

We saw how well Bamford performed last season when he got the service, so if Leeds can get him fit and firing again with the added dimension of James’ pace in their attack then they’re on to a winner.

There’s much more to come from James in a white shirt, and the sooner he starts showing it the better.

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