Leeds United director of football Victor Orta has used the failed move for Daniel James when discussing how he puts together his shortlist.

Manchester United signed the Welsh international in the summer after a move to Elland Road collapsed in the previous transfer window.

The winger had all-but-signed for the Whites, but Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins pulled the plug right on the deadline.

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Orta has delved into how he creates his shortlists at Leeds, including daily meetings with Marcelo Bielsa when it is possible.

“We arrive to the moment and have the day-by-day with the coach. We propose the names to the coach in the positions we need to improve with first, second and third priorities,” he told scisports.

“What happens when we start the season? I take the list again and ‘Daniel James, bye-bye, go to Man United, impossible for me’.

“He leaves the list and goes up. Any players with injuries, bad performances in the second part of the season, a bad loan, haven’t played may go down off the list.”

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James himself even spoke about that failed switch recently and even claimed that he threw his phone across the room after a call with Jenkins to ask why the move wasn’t completed.

Leeds instead have brought in Helder Costa this season after Orta discussed the process behind James becoming an impossible target.

Costa hasn’t quite hit the ground running yet, but he was certainly getting better before the enforced break. The 26-year-old had one of his best game for the Whites against Hull, having four shots on goal and claiming an assist from two key passes [WhoScored].

With nine games still to play (if possible), should Costa play a big part in earning promotion, Orta’s methods will surely have been proven to be more than effective.

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