Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has revealed that Daniel James felt an instant boost of confidence after his first goal for the club.
Former Manchester United winger James signed for Leeds in a money transfer this summer. Indeed, his move to Elland Road came after he almost moved there in 2019, but the deal fell through.
The 24-year-old struggled to start as Leeds also had a difficult start to the season. Indeed, they sit two points from the relegation zone after 12 games.
However, after landing his first assist in an away win at Norwich, he gave Leeds the advantage at Tottenham at the stroke of half-time.
Considering he had made eight scoreless appearances for Leeds before that, compatriot Bamford felt James liked to find the back of the net.
Speaking to the official Leeds United podcast, Bamford said: “I went to the box after him when he came after the game and thought to myself: ‘Is that a big weight on your shoulders? and he said ‘yeah’.
“Obviously he was happy to score and he said he should have scored a little more in games before.
“He was really happy and you saw him in the game.
“After you scored it was a boost of confidence and he was trying things and you could see what it was doing to him.”
Leeds ended up losing to Tottenham, who came from behind in the second half win 2-1.
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However, James is hoping that he can now find the net more regularly for the Whites after breaking his duck.
Another aspect of the result at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that has sparked debate in Leeds is the role of Kalvin Phillips.
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The midfielder has made a name for himself in the middle of the park for Leeds.
However, a key trait players must have to work with manager Marcelo Bielsa is versatility.
Amid injuries at the back, Phillips played first-half defense at Tottenham. He also impressed, keeping his England teammate Harry Kane silent.
He moved to midfield after the break and struggled, before admitting he felt puzzled over Bielsa’s tactics.
Therefore, the coach has purged the air on where he thinks Phillips performs best at Thursday’s press conference.