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Leeds United striker Daniel James has been identified as the heir apparent to Welsh hero Gareth Bale after the win over Austria, by Sam Ricketts.

The Real Madrid man was once again his country’s hero with both goals in a 2-1 win, to give them a World Cup win, while team-mate James had several chances to put the game on in bed.

The Champions League winner hit out after the game against Spanish publication Marca, calling him a ‘parasite’ for his salary at Los Blancos, calling it ‘disgusting’ (Guardian). AS put their earnings at €88,000 per minute in January due to their lack of action at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Former 52-cap Wales international Ricketts told BBC 5 Live after the result, via Leeds Live: “Tonight was Gareth Bale, it’s usually Gareth Bale. Sometimes Aaron Ramsey can appear with a goal.

“Dan James is starting to have his chances, if he starts putting them away. He must take over this role once Gareth stops playing. But, right now, as long as we have Gareth, anything is possible.

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Rob Page’s side will have a gaping hole to fill when Bale retires, which could be sooner rather than later if he makes it to the World Cup.

The fast Los Blancos winger is a candidate but will have to become much more prolific.

After a £25million move to Elland Road this season, he flattered to cheat.

At times he proved to be a threat to opposing defenses with his incisive running.

Yet at other times it was frustratingly underperforming and inconsistent.

His transfer fee would probably have been better spent elsewhere in hindsight after a terrible year at the club.

But with a key role potentially on the horizon for his national team, he would have the chance to establish himself in a way that has not yet been possible in the Premier League.

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