Wales suffered a narrow defeat to Belgium in Thursday evening’s UEFA Nations League clash in Brussels – but Dan James gave Leeds United a reminder of what he is capable of on the international stage, after leaving the club on loan.

Belgium secured a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Michy Batshuayi and Kevin De Bruyne. Kieffer Moore did get his name on the score sheet in the second half – a gorgeous cross from Brennan Johnson headed home by the Wales striker.

It was a solid performance from Wales, who only introduced Gareth Bale in the 64th minute – and were without Aaron Ramsey. James started in an exciting front three with Johnson and Moore and lasted the entire 90 minutes.

The 37-time Wales star left Leeds on loan to join Fulham on deadline day, with Jesse Marsch deciding he was not a part of the club’s long-term plans. But he gave Leeds a reminder of just what he can do, with a superb display in Belgium.

WhoScored report that he conjured up four key passes – the most for Wales, and second only to De Bruyne. His passing was also very good, completing 93% of the attempts he made. Of his six crosses, three were successful.

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Wales defeat to Belgium but James gave Leeds reminder in Brussels

Signed in 2021 for £25million, James was a player Leeds have tracked for much of Marcelo Bielsa’s reign. But in his first season, he struggled for much of it because he was being played as a striker. He was covering for Patrick Bamford.

It did not suit the pocket-sized winger. Despite hardly being given a go in his natural position, he has been ushered out on loan to Fulham. Leeds placed their faith in Jack Harrison and Luis Sinisterra as their first-choice options out wide.

But James is only on loan. A lack of reports suggest the deal does not include a permanent clause. He could still have a future at Elland Road. His performance for Wales against a side like Belgium will have given the Whites a reminder.

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