Daniel James a Certain Scorer in Leeds v Swansea. But for Which Team? – by Rob Atkinson


A happy Daniel James when he thought he was signing for Leeds

Some things in life are just so predictable that it’s honestly rude not to have a bet on them. Things like the Pride of Devon rediscovering their annoying luck with the appointment of Ole Gunnar “Demon Pixie” Solskjaer. Or an England batting collapse in the West Indies. And, after the farcical conclusion of Daniel James‘ protracted Swansea City to Leeds United transfer saga, there’s probably another sure fire certainty coming up when the two clubs meet at Elland Road on Wednesday evening. Let’s face it, if the lad plays, he’s going to get a goal. But – for which club?

In the immediate aftermath of the collapse of James’ move to Elland Road, various social media wags lost no time in giving the frustrated lad some well-meaning advice on exactly what to do if chosen to play for Swansea on Wednesday. The gist of it was that Daniel should momentarily forget the shirt he’s wearing and give his all instead for the shirt he wishes he could be pulling on, to make the boldest possible statement of annoyance at the cavalier manner of his treatment by Swansea on the fateful transfer deadline evening. “Wait until the last minute, Dan – then hammer one into the Swansea net, leap into the middle of the Leeds fans to celebrate, while taking off that Swansea shirt to reveal a Leeds one underneath.” That sounds like excellent advice to me, and I’m sure deep down that it’s something the thwarted and disappointed James would wish to do – it’d be impossible to blame him – but, sadly, professional standards make such a gesture rather unlikely.

So, it would appear that – if the boy is to notch on the night – it’ll count against Leeds and not for them. That is, of course, if James plays at all. With the amount of attention that would be on him, from both sides’ supporters, and with the additional pressure that would heap upon his young shoulders, perhaps a diplomatic groin strain or tight hamstring would be in order. We’ll have to see what happens on Wednesday night when, hopefully, Leeds will be fired up to deal with the Swans – with or without Daniel James.

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6 responses to “Daniel James a Certain Scorer in Leeds v Swansea. But for Which Team? – by Rob Atkinson

  1. What a dilemma Rob. Any manager with an ounce of decency, to me, would leave him out. He’s going to be the centre of attention and that would screw anybody’s head up. Just imagine if he scored an own goal. Far more likely than your scenario Rob. Either way the fans of both sides are going to be very vocal and Im sorry but it does not seem right..It’s one game and I am sure deep down he would rather miss it. Let’s wait until Summer and see if we can bring him home.

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  2. Reality Cheque

    I’m on leave on Tuesday and Wednesday so I could nip across to Swansea with my bolt croppers, chainsaw and cherry picker cradle truck to “discreetly” confirm whether or not James’ is actually playing on Wednesday night if you want Rob?

    At least then Frank Lampard wouldn’t have to totally exaggerate and invent the facts Rob

    Joking apart Rob, we have to win our home games and hopefully put a winning run together to keep our fantastic season going and lead from the front. ALAW

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  3. Chris Wheeler

    I notice he played on Saturday in Swansea’s win & was flying down the wing apparently ( how we could do with that direct running) so like you I’m very much of the mind it’s all just too raw for him & potentially unpleasant to face prospect of playing in front of a packed ER. The eternal pessimist in me tells me he’ll score but hopefully in a2-1 Leeds win.

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  4. Life is LUFC

    Day Dreamer…you little monkey!
    Would be good though.

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  5. Hope the lad gets a hat-trick in a 7 – 3 Leeds win 😁

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