The winger's girlfriend gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday lunchtime as the couple became parents and James spent a few hours in Manchester following the birth of their child.
The 23-year-old then flew to Craven Cottage by helicopter and played a starring a role as Marcelo Bielsa's Whites progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on penalties.
After a goalless draw, Leeds held their nerve to win 6-5 on spot kicks, James strutting up to take his penalty after a memorable day and scoring in style.
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Thank you Laura Collins