Speculation linking Swansea’s Daniel James with a move to Leeds United this month, doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
The winger revealed in an interview with BBC Sport that he isn’t paying any attention to the rumours, and remains focused on life with Swansea this season.
Sky Sports pundit, Danny Higginbotham has weighed in with his verdict on Leeds’ potential new arrival at Elland Road in the near future.
In an exclusive interview with FLW’s Jacob Potter, Higginbotham feels that James would struggle to be a regular starter in the Leeds XI, and would be used more on a rotational basis when called upon.
“But in terms of him moving to Leeds, he’s a talented player and Leeds will probably look at it and go we might need more numbers in our squad to challenge for promotion.
“It might be a case that of getting strength in depth, but he has been linked with Leeds before but it’s a difficult one because he’s just coming back from injury and wants to make an impact and wants to break back into the Swansea team.”
The former Manchester United and Stoke defender outlined his attributes, and feels that Pablo Hernandez has more than stepped up to the mark to fill the void left by Samuel Saiz.
“He’s direct, he’s quick and he’s still quite raw himself.
“I think when you lose Saiz, you put extra pressure on Hernandez, but he has thrived under that and has been involved in a number of goals already this season.
“It’s an interesting one regarding Leeds United and what they do.”
Higginbotham also felt that James will need to prove his match fitness, after recently recovering from injury to return to the Swansea side, which could limit his game time at first with Leeds if he was to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
“Obviously he’s a talented player who Leeds will probably look at and go right okay, we might need more numbers in our squad.
“James might be a player that might not necessarily hit the ground running in terms of game time, but could be an impact type player.”
It remains to be seen as to whether a formal bid has been lodged by Leeds, but James will be focused on impressing with Swansea and is set to be involved in their next game against Gillingham in the FA Cup this weekend.