By Beck Pascal

26th Mar, 2022 | 11:15am

Rob Page left in awe of 'unbelievable' Leeds United attacker Dan James

Wales manager Rob Page has hailed “unbelievable” Leeds United man Dan James for his impressive display against Austria on Thursday [March 24]. 

The winger helped his nation take a huge step closer to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in their 2-1 win over Austria. 

Page was left gushing over the 24-year-old after his underrated impact on the game that helped Wales win. 

He told Leeds Live: “He’s a talented footballer. He has unbelievable pace. He can score goals. He’s creating chances and the minute centre-forwards aren’t creating chances, that’s the time to worry, but he’s creating chances for himself and the goals will come, absolutely. 

“With Dan, he’s not an out-and-out striker. He’s evolved over the last few months. He’s gone from playing wide left to playing centre-forward in a 3-5-2, so he’s learning how to adapt.”

Page added: “I thought he was brilliant last night. What he does for the team is unbelievable. He makes opposition defenders drop deeper because of his pace which in turn creates more space for the creative players of Gareth, Aaron, Harry Wilson and Joe Allen.”

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As Leeds and Wales’ fans now come to expect, James was everywhere against Austria. The lad is lightning quick and never stops running, he must be a nightmare to play against. 

He deserves every last bit of praise from Page because despite not having a hand in the goals, he was key to them, and the Dragons would have struggled without his energy. 

From a Leeds perspective, the former Manchester United man has done well this season all things considered. The whole squad has struggled amid the form and injury crisis, but 24-year-old has certainly been one of the easier players to watch. 

Even with his position change from winger to a striker, the Welshman has exceeded expectations and has shown his quality. 

He has undoubtedly gone up in the Leeds fans’ estimations this term with his performances crucial whilst being involved in eight Premier League goals which could be the difference between Premier League and Championship football next season. 

Hopefully Page was right when suggesting the Whites would be in safe hands with James. He claimed the winger will not be “fazed” by the relegation scrap saying he will take it in his stride “no problem”.

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