By Noel Whelan

4th Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit makes exciting James claim after Bielsa's Leeds confession

Noel Whelan has backed Leeds United winger Dan James to “kickstart his season” with a goal contribution in coming weeks.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the “highly-regarded” winger, 23, is still adjusting to playing with his new teammates.

As quoted by the Daily Mail after his side’s 1-0 win over Watford, manager Marcelo Bielsa said James is getting better with every performance in a Leeds United shirt.

The Wales international saw a penalty appeal dismissed in the first half after he was brought down by William Troost-Ekong.

His direct running also resulted in a yellow card for his opposite number Kiko Femenia, who looked unable to deal with his searing pace.

James joined Leeds United on deadline day for a reported £25million from Manchester United.

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Whelan believes it is a matter of time before it “clicks into place” for the winger at Elland Road.

“I think he’s still getting used to playing with his new teammates,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“When you come from Manchester United, you will be highly regarded.

“We know what a good player he is, that’s why we wanted to sign him even before this summer.

“We know there’s more to come from him in terms of assists and goals, we’ve seen him do that for Wales and Manchester United in the past.

“We’re just waiting for that moment where it all clicks into place, and that might come in the form of an assist or a goal which could really kickstart his season.”

James has been capped 26 times for Wales, scoring four goals.

He is part of Rob Page’s squad to take on the Czech Republic and Estonia in World Cup qualifying this month.

In other news, Whelan delivers “worrying” verdict about Leeds star.