Daniel James opens up on Leeds transfer

Wales international Daniel James admitted he lost his place in the starting XI at Manchester United due to being too risk averse. The forward enjoyed a superb start to his career at Man United after scoring three goals in the first four games of the first season, but stalled as the season progressed.

James decided to leave Manchester United after the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo further dented his first team chances. Having completed the deadline day transfer from Manchester United to Leeds for a fee of £30m, James admitted he started to play it safe towards the end of his maiden campaign at Old Trafford. He added “I think everyone goes through part of their career where you don’t realise something is happening until you look back and have good people around you to analyse that.”

I started thinking, “What does he do that I can do?” rather than thinking just about my game and being myself. It got to the point where I was being a bit safe in games.”

I got bought for my direct play, running in behind, running with the ball, trying things and not being afraid to lose the ball but slowly I started to come away from that and play a little safe.”

“When I stepped back it was remembering to be direct, to be that person. Safe is dangerous in the position I play. You’re not there to do that – you’re there to score goals and make assists and run yourself into the ground on and off the ball.”

Speaking on the move to Leeds, James insisted Marcelo Bielsa will help to get the best out of him. He added “He [Bielsa] obviously thinks I can fit in that system.”

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I’m going to walk into that team. Hopefully I can adapt quickly to the system but I think it’s going to take me a little while. It’s very tactical but he’s got a way of playing that I feel suits me.”

I’ve spoken to Tyler to get a bit of insight and I’m trying to do as much research while I’m away to get an insight into how players in my positions play and what actions they make.”

Source: Daily Mail

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