What’s the latest news involving James and Lang?
Despite initially stating he did not expect to welcome any more fresh faces during the transfer window, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa completed the deadline day signing of Manchester United winger James after a £25million deal was struck.
James’ arrival at Elland Road came two years after a proposed transfer to the Yorkshire club collapsed while he was on the books of Championship side Swansea City.
The switch was also confirmed despite Leeds being among Clue Brugge wideman Lang’s suitors, although Belgian media outlet Sport Voetbalmagazine – via Leeds Live – claimed the 22-year-old boasted a £30million price tag as his current employers looked to deter interested parties from making a late bid in the transfer window.
Netherlands under-21s international Lang reportedly stated he was keen to head to the Premier League before the transfer window slammed shut at the end of last month.
However, according to The Athletic’s Leeds reporter Phil Hay, Bielsa had concerns over Lang’s work rate despite director of football Victor Orta seeing the winger as a good prospect.
What has Joe Wainman said about the situation?
Former All Leeds TV anchorman Wainman has backed Bielsa’s decision to purchase James instead of Lang, although he concedes a large chunk of Whites fans have the opposite opinion.
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He told GMS: “A lot of the fanbase would’ve preferred Noa Lang just because it would have been a bit of a flashy signing.
“But one of the key things a lot of Manchester United fans said was that James gives 100 per cent and never stops running for a full 90 minutes.
“He’s going to come on even further under Bielsa, so I think it’s the perfect signing.”
How have James and Lang performed this season?
Prior to joining Leeds, James made two appearances for Manchester United and started the opening day 5-1 thumping of his new club.
Lang has made a promising start to the campaign, scoring once and claiming four assists in Club Brugge’s opening six fixtures of the Belgian Pro League campaign.
The former Ajax man also found the back of the net as Club Brugge picked up some early season silverware thanks to a narrow 3-2 Belgian Super Cup final victory over Genk back in July.