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EXCLUSIVE: A medical has been scheduled for the highly regarded left winger, Daniel James today, after he has been ruled out of Swansea’s training session.

James has been keen on leaving Swansea ever since negotiations between the two clubs began and has made his intent very clear to them. This can only mean that the negotiations have dragged on for so long because Swansea want the best deal possible, however, still have full intent of letting the Welshman go.

Daniel James is expected to arrive for his medical at Leeds United at 7PM, with both clubs expecting negotiations between them to be wrapped up by that point.

After a lot of haggling and back and forth communication between Leeds United and Swansea, the young prodigy has finally been given the green light to negotiate a contract with Leeds despite the fee between Leeds and Swansea still being discussed. 

It has taken a while to confirm the arrival of Daniel James due to Swansea’s reluctance to depart with the player, therefore resulting in a likely deadline-day-deal. Although, after Swansea verbally accepted a bid with Leeds United and the date of payment now agreed between the clubs, it is very likely that James will be joining Leeds United this window despite ongoing discussions about the alternate option, which would be a loan deal with an option to buy dependant on whether or not Leeds gain promotion.

Someone who has worked closely with the young Welshmen has assured Leeds United journalists that the transfer will “100% get done”. If the deal goes through, then it will take some time for Daniel James to get used to Bielsa’s style of play and philosophy. As a result of this, the Leeds faithful may not see James implemented in the team on his arrival in time for the huge Norwich City city clash, however, it is possible that the Welshman will feature on the bench.

Bielsa uses a system which takes time and commitment to master. One of his recently highlighted strategies was the idea that he allows the team to play with such fluidity, through the use of numbers which are connected to position changes and pressing. [Inside Elland Road Podcast]

For example, if the number three is shouted, then Jansson may temporarily go up the field into the number 9 role, whilst Phillips drops into CB and Forshaw into the CDM position. This number system is something players must know the ins and outs of, in order for them to move into the right position and cover for the right player. This is a system that if done wrong, could leave costly openings around the pitch.

For this reason, we would predict that James is very unlikely to feature for Leeds United until he learns the Bielsa way of playing football, which will likely not be in time for the Norwich clash. However, we can say with confidence that we believe Daniel James will be joining Leeds today and is scheduled in for a medical at the mighty whites.