Dan James will be crucial for Leeds
06 Sep 2021 08:12 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Monday 6th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Dan James will be crucial for Leeds - Hay
Leeds journalist Phil Hay believes 25 m new signing Dan James will be crucial for Leeds if they are to produce another captivating performance on the field this season. The Whites have got off to a slow start, getting hammered on the opening game of the season, followed by two score draws. Having dissected the Burnley game, the former Chief Football Writer for the YEP is of the opinion that a lack of width led the Leeds downfall last month.
Beyond the basic strategy of trying to deny Leeds possession, one way to negate them is to contain them on the flanks. It was part of the story at Burnley on Sunday, where Patrick Bamford’s late goal rescued a point against hosts who had lost their first two league matches. The importance placed on effective width is why so much money was thrown at Manchester United’s Dan James two days later.
Mixed reviews for Bamford on his England debut
Patrick Bamford finally made his full England debut, against European minnows Andorra at Wembley yesterday afternoon. Donning the famous No 9 shirt usually reserved for Harry Kane, the birthday boy was given an hour to show Gareth Southgate his worth. Bamford made his International debut for the Republic of Ireland at U18 level, but switched alienage after one game. He went on to represent England at U18, U19 and U21 level winning seven caps, and netting once. Seven years later, he deservedly got his chance under Gareth Southgate.
Unfortunately, the Leeds ace received mixed reviews. Chief Sports Presenter for ITV Mark Pougatch remarked...
He’s making the runs but he’s not necessarily getting the ball. I’m saying he is shy but this is no occasion to be shy, is it.
Pundits Ian Wright and Roy Keane leapt to the striker's defence blaming poor distribution to be the problem. Social media lit up after the game, with many fans suggesting Bamford was out of his depth, though Leeds fans were quick to defend him.
Cresswell tipped to go out on loan in January
Former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills has tipped Charlie Cresswell to exit the club in January on loan in pursuit of first team football. Having just signed a new four-year deal at Elland Road, the 19yo is highly regarded by the coaches at Leeds but needs more than developmental football if he is to progress to the next level. According to Mills...
I think it would be difficult. He’s a good young player but to break into the Premier League as a centre-half when you’re that young is very, very difficult. “It’s the ultimate position of trust so as a young player that’s very difficult. Unfortunately, the window’s closed for loan deals because it used to be open for a few weeks after the window closes.
That opportunity has disappeared which is a shame because I think that would have been ideal for him to go out and learn real football, football that matters. The Under-23s is still development football. He might have to be patient this season and prove himself with the Under-23s then who knows? If he’s doing well and he’s not going to get in team during January then they might let him go out on loan.
Let's hope a loan move is not the kiss of death for Cresswell. Recently, we have seen a lot of bright talent temporarily fly the coop, only for performance levels to crash resulting in them being labelled 'surplus to requirements.