Leeds United 'papering over the cracks' as James deal 'backfires' - pundit

By Kevin Phillips

19th Dec, 2021 | 8:00am

Leeds £25m transfer has 'backfired' with James 'papering over the cracks' - Phillips

Kevin Phillips has insisted the signing of Dan James has “backfired” at Leeds United.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Whites should have snubbed the 24-year-old in favour of a “recognised goalscorer”.

Dan James has scored just once in a Leeds United shirt since completing a reported £25million move from Man United during the summer window.

Recently, the Wales international has been utilised in an unfamiliar striker berth in the injury absence of Patrick Bamford.

When asked if Leeds United should have spent the £25million elsewhere, Phillips told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “I’ve said that all along.

“I don’t think that was an area which needed strengthening. You’ve got Jack Harrison and Raphinha, two quality players – as well as others who can fill in.

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“I thought it would backfire if they didn’t bring in that other recognised goalscorer – and it has. He’s played Dan James down the middle, but he’s never a striker in a million years.

“It’s just papering over the cracks at the moment. Adam Forshaw and Stuart Dallas are hardly setting the world alight as well in midfield.

“They should have used that money to go and get a quality striker who could have challenged Bamford or come in when he’s out the team. That would have given them a real chance of staying in this league.”

Leeds United sit five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone after 17 games.

The Whites slumped to a 7-0 away defeat against Man City on Tuesday.

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