Leeds United’s change of position for Dan James was needed against Chelsea

Leeds United have a huge dilemma to resolve ahead of their Premier League showdown with Chelsea on Wednesday [11 May].

The Whites will be without Luke Ayling for the rest of the season after picking up a red card against Arsenal.

There could be no complaints either after the right-back double-footed on Gabriel Martinelli with the score at 2-0.

Jesse Marsch admitted that was a big deal.

The American has Jamie Shackleton who can fill that role, and Raphinha has also replaced the right-back when needed.

That’s not the answer.

Dan James has been used in many roles this season, but we believe he could be the savior at the back if placed there.

Marsch has played five at the back in recent weeks, and with Chelsea coming up, using James on the outside could suit him just fine.

The Welshman has the pace to keep up with any attacker, but also to push forward and cause trouble on recovery.


We saw him work perfectly in the final moments at Arsenal.

With Illan Meslier for a corner, the Gunners broke quickly and it looked like Nicolas Pepe was clean on goal to end the game.

This was not the case however, for, in a flash, James returned and nicked the ball from his feet and kept the pressure going forward.

Playing Raphinha there would simply nullify him and Leeds as his attacking input would be low to none.

It can’t happen.

Chelsea’s main weapons are their full-backs, and we need to match fire with fire, give Marcos Alonso the panic of having to look after James all night – he’d hate that.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay shared what Luke Ayling did in the dressing room after Arsenal loss

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