By Nick Ware

14th Nov, 2021 | 8:10am

Leeds United winger Dan James disappoints Sky Sports pundit despite huge Wales win v Belarus

Wales enjoyed a terrific 5-1 win over Belarus on Saturday evening but Leeds United winger Dan James was unable to get amongst the goals in Cardiff.

James, 24, was named in the starting XI for their crucial World Cup qualifier as the Dragons took a huge step towards a play-off berth for Qatar 2022.

However, he failed to get a goal or assist before he was substituted in the 76th-minute, and it was his replacement, Burnley full-back Connor Roberts, who grabbed the final goal of the game.

Ex-Wales and Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards was on commentary duty for Sky Sports, and he was left unimpressed by James’ display.

“Disappointing corner by Dan James, he’s had a quiet night by his standards in a Wales shirt so far,” he said.

After James’ substitution, Edwards added: “I do think he’s been Wales’ most consistent performer over the last two to three years but it’s not quite fallen for him tonight, those bouncing balls around there he hasn’t been able to get under control.

“Always a threat in behind with his pace, he’s made some brilliant runs, but he’s not quite had the end product tonight.”

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James joined Leeds from bitter rivals Manchester United for big money during the summer, but he is yet to prove he is worth the fee after just one assist and no goals in his first eight Premier League appearances for the Whites.

With Patrick Bamford injured, there was an onus on the likes of James and Jack Harrison to step up and add some potency in front of goal.

However, that has not transpired and a heavy burden has been placed upon Raphinha.

Usually so important for Wales, James was below his best for his national side on Saturday, but he was never required to be on top form as Belarus were bullied into submission at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Wales face one last crucial encounter in their quest to qualify for next year’s World Cup as they host Belgium in the same venue on Tuesday, and Leeds will hope he plays a big part in that and gains some confidence ahead of next weekend’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

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