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Leeds seal deal for Man United winger; might have an effect on Raphinha & Lingard



Dan James completes Leeds move

Manchester United Welsh international Dan James is on his way to Elland Road today.

Leeds has been keen on James for almost two seasons, whereby boss Marcelo Bielsa and football director Victor Orta were already keen on the Welsh in 2019. Its acquisition on the cutoff date now offers Bielsa a quartet with numerous options to choose from, adding James to a roster that includes Raphinha. Jack Harrison and Hélder Costa.

It was initially feared that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær would rather keep James than Anthony Martial, but Bielsa and Orta have finally won their husband, who will play a more prominent role on Elland Road than at Old Trafford.

James looks at possible knock-on effects for Raphinha and Jesse Lingard

With Leeds finally sealing a deal for Dan James, one wonders what that will mean for the tactical scheme under Marcelo Bielsa. Many have already suggested that James will not be a depth option under Bielsa, but a key figure on the team; an easy conclusion given the financial outlay.

Leeds sign Manchester United winger;  Effect for Raphinha and Lingard?

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Raphinha of Leeds United during the Premier League game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on February 19, 2021 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Sports stadiums across the UK remain tightly restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic as government social distancing laws ban fans in venues, resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images)

What is likely to happen now is influential attacking midfielder Raphinha to lock in centrally behind Patrick Bamford while Jack Harrison and Dan James occupy the wide staging areas. This would give an extra boost to Leeds’ front fours, but it could mean shortening the time for either Mateusz Klich or Rodrigo.

How this affects Jesse Lingard at United is simple. one less person to compete with for minutes and a potential way to allow him to stay with United instead of pulling a full deal to West Ham before the window closes.

James ‘departure, coupled with the Hammers’ move for Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow, certainly means Lingard will stay with United for another season.


This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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