By Beck Pascal

28th Mar, 2022 | 5:10pm

Rob Page hails 'unbelievable' Leeds United ace Dan James

Wales manager Rob Page has hailed “unbelievable” Leeds United ace Dan James for his performance against Austria. 

The Whites winger played a crucial role in moving the Dragons one step closer to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with their 2-1 win over Austria. 

Page opted to deploy the Welshman in his preferred position despite the 24-year-old enjoying some success upfront under former manager Marcelo Bielsa before he departed Elland Road.

“Dan is not an out and out striker,” Page said, as per the Yorkshire Post. 

“He’s evolved over the last few months. He’s gone from playing wide left to a centre-forward.

“But he’s a talented footballer with unbelievable pace.

“He can score goals and he’s creating chances. When centre-forwards are not creating chances that’s the time to worry. The goals will come. He was brilliant against Austria and what he does for the team is unbelievable.”

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You have to feel for Bielsa here. He wouldn’t have wanted to play James through the middle with his best position obviously being out wide, but he had no choice. 

Injuries to Patrick Bamford and as well as several other senior men left the squad very much depleted. The Argentine should have put more trust in Joe Gelhardt and the younger players because ultimately, playing most of Leeds’ players out of position led to terrible results and in turn, his sacking. 

Much like he has been in recent weeks for the Whites, James was excellent against Austria. He was relentless in everything he did and continuously caused their defenders problems. 

Gareth Bale will pick up all of the plaudits, but James was brilliant despite not having direct involvement in either of the goals and deserves a lot of praise.

Hopefully, he can build on the confidence gained whilst away on international duty and carry that momentum to help Jesse Marsch and his teammates secure Premier League safety in the closing stages of the season.

In other Leeds United news, Patrick Bamford will be back “stronger” according to David Prutton.