By George Overhill

2nd Sep, 2022 | 3:10pm

Leeds United accused of forcing Dan James out of club after deadline day loan to Fulham

Dan James was “forced out” of Leeds United on deadline day despite being happy to remain amid “poor” treatment from the club, according to LUFCDATA.

LUFCDATA which has over 67,000 Twitter followers and says on its website has provided data on Leeds to various organisations including the club itself and a number of local media outlets, was extremely unhappy the morning after the night before, where a dramatic final day saw the Welsh winger sign for a season-long loan at Fulham.

He had even been left in limbo late in the evening after the farcical developments that surrounded Bamba Dieng’s failed moves to both Elland Road, and then even to Nice who had swooped in to steal him away just as he was bound for England, meant the squad was without a replacement until the latest of rushed deals saw Wilfried Gnonto signed from FC Zurich at the death.

A post on the LUFCDATA Twitter account on Friday morning (2 September) said: “For all the stellar work Leeds achieved at the start of the window, yesterday was embarrassing. The treatment of Dan James was poor, Radrizzani’s tweets were amateur and we’ve placed unnecessary pressure on 18yo Willy Gnonto to be the experienced first team forward we needed.”

A follow up post then added: “Let’s be clear here – James was forced out by the club yesterday. The player was happy to stay at Leeds.”

Rough treatment

For all James hasn’t hit the heights in his time at Elland Road the circumstances around his exit don’t make a great deal of sense.

When there was £20million mooted to be on the table for a move to Tottenham it looked like a surprise development that could suit all parties.

But a loan deal to a newly-promoted club, without a like-for-like replacement ready once the Cody Gakpo pursuit also fell apart, suddenly had the look of jettisoning him at all costs.

The club may have hesitated at the last minute on letting him go, in an echo of him loitering around Thorp Arch after completing a medical before his original move from Swansea collapsed, but having let him get that far down the line towards Craven Cottage it seemed like a final inconvenience to top off an unhappy end to the window for the 24-year-old.

United needed help up front, everybody except maybe Angus Kinnear could see that even before the Everton game on Tuesday (30 August) resulted in a dislocated shoulder for Rodrigo, but that didn’t necessarily mean James had to leave.

If the club could have upgraded with another wide man at the same time then maybe, but after appearing to be standing firm in the face of advances from Antonio Conte, it is odd to say the the least that things turned out the way they did.

James doesn’t really work when constantly used as a striker, but having finally added somebody there it would seem more worthwhile to let him return to the winger rotation if Gakpo couldn’t be brought in, and it isn’t a great look if they did indeed force him to go.

In other Leeds United news, one manager has already been complaining after the close of the window after he failed to sign a player from Elland Road.