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Dan James completes whirlwind day with penalty shootout

As a player that Leeds fans waited a long time to see in the famous white, Dan James has made a slow start to life as a Leeds player. However, while fans are still waiting for the wing wizard to really kick into life, the £25m man cannot be questioned for his commitment to getting on the park for the Whites. His arrival from Manchester United is controversial enough given who he came from.

Fans, though, will be hoping to see a similar output on the pitch as James has provided in getting to the game.

After moving to be part of Leed’s League Cup victory on Tuesday night against Fulham, James took part in the game. A 0-0draw soon went to penalties, where Leeds triumphed 6-5 on pens. However, it was a day of drama for James. The player was given permission to be in Manchester with his partner as they welcomed a new baby into the world.

The player was given the chance to be with his partner as their new child arrived, meaning he would need to make a quick-snap journey to get to West London.

And so he did. The player was able to get a helicopter down to London and make it to the game in time. Having welcomed a new child into the world, a baby boy, James was then on the pitch taking people on and trying to get Leeds through a punishing cup tie.

Much like the rest of the team, James is really yet to get firing this season. However, his ability is never in question and now, after so many years of waiting, Leeds fans can finally agree his commitment to the club is also unwavering.

What did Dan James say about a crazy day?

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the penalty victory, James opened up on what must have been a very emotional day for the player and his family. Speaking about the day, James said: "My baby boy was born this afternoon,

"Thank you to the manager for letting me be in Manchester for that. Absolutely amazing day for me and the Mrs, so proud of her and it was a late one, something we could not change. The manager let me do it so I was able to be there for the birth of my baby and come to the game."

To ensure he could make the game in time, James had to hop it by helicopter. Traveling by another means would have left no margin for error in terms of times, so he took to the skies to ensure he could play in the cup tie. Speaking about that, James added: "The car would have been a bit too long so I ended up getting a helicopter… A bit of an amazing story - and one I will always remember.

"We don't have a name yet and will think of a name when we get home."

Congratulations, then, to the new arrival at Elland Road!  

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