Elland Road rose to its feet to applaud Dan James in Leeds loss v Newcastle
Leeds United suffered a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at Elland Road on Saturday, with Jonjoe Shelvey’s second-half goal condemning them to defeat.
Dan James put in a top shift leading the line for the hosts, and fans appreciated him when he ran the entire length of the pitch to stop a Newcastle counter-attack in the first-half, according to BBC journalist Alistair Magowan.
The 24-year-old was unable to stop Leeds from losing, but that moment showed one of the reasons Marcelo Bielsa was very keen on bringing him to west Yorkshire.
Magowan said on their website during the live coverage of the game: “Most of Elland Road then rose to its feet to applaud as Dan James sprints the length of the field to stop a Newcastle counter-attack when it was two on two.
“They like that kind of graft in Yorkshire.”
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Bielsa loves players who are willing to always give their all on the pitch of play, and it is not surprising that he went after James twice.
The Wales international has only managed two goals and one assist in 17 Premier League games, and while that is not necessarily a huge return, he keeps making up for his lack of quality finish with his graft.
It is why Leeds supporters could not help but appreciate him during the game against the Magpies, and that would have surely made him feel good.
Unfortunately, the Whites could not make it three wins on a bounce, and they would see that as a missed opportunity in their bid to further pull clear away from the drop zone.
Having plenty players unavailable due to injuries clearly did not help, and they could do with fresh additions before the January transfer window shuts.
Leeds face Aston Villa on February 9 after the winter break, and they should have most of their players back from the treatment table, and hopefully, one or two new faces.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign int’l striker on loan with move already made.