By Noel Whelan

13th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Leeds handed major James boost pre-Southampton after development - pundit

Noel Whelan has tipped Dan James to take his international form with Wales into the Premier League with Leeds United.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 23-year-old would take “confidence” from his performance with his national side.

James scored a crucial equaliser for Wales in their 2-2 draw against the Czech Republic in World Cup qualifying on Friday.

He also starred as Rob Page’s side earned a narrow win over Estonia yesterday (October 11th) to boost their play-off hopes.

Whelan insisted his stellar form in a Wales shirt will carry over into his club duties with Leeds United.

“Any goal that you score, whether it’s with your club or with your national side, will carry over into your league form,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“As is especially the case with attackers, goals can give you the confidence to thrive. They are confidence-based positions.

“Just look at Raphinha for Brazil, he’s gone into international duty in good form with Leeds and produced two assists off the bench.

“Dan James is no different.

“That goal will do him the world of good and give him the confidence and hunger to go into the Southampton game wanting to get even more. Look at him go, now.”

James has earned 27 caps for his country, scoring five goals.

He signed for Leeds United on transfer deadline day this summer for a reported initial fee of £25million.

He has made four league appearances in a Whites shirt since, failing to notch a goal or register an assist.

The lightning-fast winger signed a contract at Elland Road until 2026.

The former Red Devils midfielder scored nine goals in 74 appearances during his time at Old Trafford.

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