By Nick Ware

12th Oct, 2021 | 11:10am

George Galloway stunned by Leeds United fee for Dan James

British politician George Galloway has expressed disbelief that Leeds United paid £25milllion for Wales winger Dan James.

Leeds signed the 23-year-old from bitter rivals Manchester United on deadline day, and the Hull-born attacker has since made five appearances for the Whites.

James scored on international duty for Wales against the Czech Republic last week, but his performance for the Dragon on Monday night appeared to disappoint former Member of Parliament Galloway.

Writing via his personal Twitter profile to his 369,000-plus followers, Galloway appeared to aim a thinly-veiled dig at Leeds’ transfer team.

He said: “I don’t wish to be unkind and I’m rooting for Wales but I just cannot understand how Dan James can possibly be a £25million player…”

Too soon

Marcelo Bielsa has only spent a matter of weeks training James at Thorp Arch, so it is way too premature to disregard him as an expensive flop.

The Argentine boss is well-known for transforming players’ careers, something he has already done at Elland Road.

Patrick Bamford is just one example of someone who has taken his game to the next level, making his England debut under Gareth Southgate this year after previously being deemed not good enough for the top level by many onlookers.

James immediately left for international duty after signing for Leeds on the final day of August, and the October international break has further disrupted Bielsa’s plans for him.

However, there have been some promising signs already from James in a white shirt, notably in the 1-0 win over Watford on October 2 when he was unfortunate not to draw at least one penalty.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to splash out on transfer fees in ‘the coming months’ after this major development.