By Mark Smith

4th Sep, 2022 | 7:10am

Phil Hay does not see Dan James returning to Leeds United again after sealing his deadline day exit to join Fulham on loan for the rest of the season.

The Athletic journalist admitted that it was a long shot at best that the Welsh international would be seen for the Whites again, although any obligation is unknown.

Spurs were just one of the clubs said to be interested in James, along with Fulham, so if he became available, there would surely be plenty of suitors.

Writing in his latest matchday Q&A for The Athletic on Saturday (03 September), Hay responded to if the winger will ever be back at Elland Road.

“I don’t think I see Dan James coming back, or it feels like a long shot,” he wrote.

“James is 24. He’s not especially young and Leeds have essentially said to him that they can do without him this season.”

Last game?

So, his substitute appearance against Everton in midweek may be the final time we see James in a Leeds shirt.

That would be a massive shame.

Jesse Marsch has admitted that he likes the winger, and he was brought in for very big money only last season, so where is his chance to really prove himself?

Andrea Radrizzani made a big investment of around £25million, and now he could lose money already only two years later when it comes to next summer.

The worst part is that James has never had the chance to play in his natural position out wide for more than a handful of games after being forced to play as a number nine.

He will have a big point to prove if he does come back next season, so all eyes are already on then to see if we will be looking for yet another attacker in that transfer window.

It’s a long shot, but let’s hope he gets that chance.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have said see you again to one attacker after being left baffled by a deadline day agreement this week