The 23-year-old winger joined Leeds United on deadline day, with Manchester United happy to cash in on the Wales international after signing Cristiano Ronaldo
Marcelo Bielsa can turn Dan James into ‘a complete player.’
That was the view from the Wales camp as stand-in boss Rob Page welcomed Leeds United’s new £25m signing into the Red Dragons’ camp.
James, who completed his switch from Manchester United on deadline day, has linked up with his colleagues and is in position to mark the move by starting against Belarus today.
Page has seen the difference in Tyler Roberts – and believes that Leeds’ boss can take the James’s performance up a level, too.
He said: “When you go to a team like Leeds, with a manager like Bielsa, who demands high intensity you know that if you can get DJ extremely fit, to the point where he can sustain it for 90 minutes – doing it on a Wednesday and then on a Saturday, you’re only going to benefit from it.
“To have someone of DJ’s ability available and fit and getting him to the 80th minute and not have to worry about substituting him because he has that resilience and fitness to be able to sustain that, then we will get the complete player.
“Looking at Tyler’s record over the past couple of years, we have seen a big improvement in him – from his fitness levels to his physique. Bielsa gets players fit – and they have to be fit to play how he wants.
“And DJ will benefit from that like Tyler has.”
Speaking after completing his move to Elland Road, James thanked Bielsa and Leeds for renewing their interest after infamously coming so close to signing him from Swansea in 2019.
“It feels great to be here, just glad everything is over the line now and just excited to move forward,” he told Sky Sports News.
“It has been a bit of a whirlwind for me, bit of a crazy time [the last 24 hours].
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“But as I said, I’m grateful for the club still being interested in me and still believing in me from that time two-and-a-half years ago.
“I’m happy to be here now, and I can’t wait to play in front of these fans.
“I think there has always been interest in me from Leeds since I nearly signed from Swansea.
“I’m delighted that everything is over the line now, and obviously I’ve got an international now, and then I’m looking forward to getting back and playing that first game back against Liverpool.”