Leeds United are set to be boosted by the return of Daniel James on the weekend for their trip to the south coast on Saturday.
This has been suggested by the Leeds correspondent Lee Sobot who has been speaking on the Inside Elland Road podcast following Jesse Marsch’s pre-game press conference.
The Welsh winger was forced to sit out the game on the weekend against Wolverhampton Wanderers after he picked up a straight red card in the latter stages of last season against Chelsea.
Marsch’s men secured all three points in the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday and it now seems as if the American will have his squad depth boosted this weekend.
Luis Sinisterra, Liam Cooper and Adam Forshaw are all in contention to be involved against Southampton in some form and Sobot also expects James to make his return:
(4:15) “I mean, with Dan [James] he basically more or less confirmed that he’d be on the bench and said he’d be a good option coming off the bench.
“So basically, you’re going to have four extra players or four players replacing youngsters on the bench really aren’t you in Cooper, Sinisterra, Forshaw and James unless any of them start which is probably unlikely.”
TIF Thoughts on Sobot’s comments…
James had a difficult 2021/22 campaign which saw him moved about the frontline as a result of the injury issues to Patrick Bamford.
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The Welshman made 32 appearances in the Premier League, returning four goals and five assists, but we do think he may have a difficult task breaking back into the side.
Over the summer, Leeds have bolstered their attack after losing Raphinha and we do question whether the signing of Sinisterra will harm James’ opportunities.
But the 24-year-old has proven valuable in the versatility he can offer which could prove massive from the bench this season and would certainly be an improvement on Leeds’ options from the bench last season.