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Leeds United announced that Leif Davis had signed a new contract on Monday evening.
Tying a promising young talent down to a new deal is always great news, especially when there were reports over the summer that one of the biggest clubs in the world have been looking at him.
However, there is also another positive to getting Davis tied down to an extended contract, and that’s partially to do with the timing of this announcement.
When you look at Leeds’ squad, one spot that you’d think is well-covered is left-back.
Indeed, the Whites have three top options in that position with Barry Douglas, Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas, but strangely enough, that role has never been more open than it is right now.
Douglas seems to be out of favour at United as he was left on the bench on Saturday with Dallas and Davis both playing their part in the game instead.
Alioski is currently sidelined with injury, while Dallas has been utilised in a central midfield role as of late and with Adam Forshaw and Jamie Shackleton still sidelined he could be used there even more in the coming weeks.
After all, it’s a role he’s shone in the past, scoring twice in the playoffs against Derby last term.
With the left-back spot being so competitive at the moment, the decision to give this impressive 19-year-old a new contract should make every single one of the aforementioned players sit up and take notice.
If there wasn’t already a competitive edge between these contenders there will be now as the club clearly have faith in Davis.
Hopefully, this news gives Alioski, Douglas and Dallas that extra incentive to put in the extra yards in training and on the pitch in order to ensure that they’re at the top of the pecking order. Davis is threatening all of their spots, and this new contract will have put them all high alert.
He’s yet to make it into a starting spot in the league this season but this show of trust demonstrates it might not be too long before he pulls it off.