This week, Daniel James has been connected to a shock transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.
Alan Nixon of The Sun reports that Spurs are interested in the Wales and Leeds United winger as the summer transfer season enters its final week.
He tweeted, “Spurs shock interest in Dan James.”
Given that the Yorkshire side just recently paid almost £25 million for him, it is unclear at this early stage precisely how much the 24-year-old would fetch or whether they would even entertain the idea of selling him.
Alasdair Gold has also disclosed that Leeds’ star would not be regarded as a homegrown player and that Lilywhites’ sports director Fabio Paratici is an admirer of the player.
The initial failure of Paratici
James hasn’t been good enough since moving up to the Premier League, and as a result, the former Manchester United flop would be a catastrophe for Spurs as well. One has to wonder what the Italian supremo has been seeing since arriving in England.
More Tottenham latest news: Mourinho says Tottenham target deserves huge credit as Conte’s transfer plan outlined well
More Tottenham latest news: ‘I noticed’: Looks like New Tottenham player might have picked up an dreadful injury
According to Transfermarkt, the Welsh international has only contributed ten goals and 12 assists in 84 top-flight games, or one every 265 minutes.
Dejan Kulusveski, in contrast, has averaged a goal or assist per 110 minutes despite only playing 23 games in England since his arrival in January and is expected to cost Spurs just £4.2m more than James did for Leeds.
With only 39% of his duels won per game last season, the 5-foot-7 winger has often looked light against Premier League defences. Former striker Darren Bent reportedly referred to him as “headless” in his decision-making.
Although current Spurs star Ben Davies, a member of his international squad, has praised him as a “great talent” and a “very grounded youngster,” it is unlikely that this transfer would help manager Antonio Conte.
There appears little reason in taking the chance on the £50k per week dud given James’ significant struggles in the major league and the fact that his presence would have no positive impact on their homegrown quota.
The Leeds player is outside the top 45% of players for every important offensive parameter when compared to other wingers in Europe, including total shots and successful dribbles, according to FBref, where he is in the bottom 1% for passes attempted.
If Paratici moved, he would be making one of his first major blunders in north London because of those dismal returns.
Tottenham might do far better than James, therefore the Italian shouldn’t pursue their startling interest any further.