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Leif Davis signed a new Leeds United contract on Monday evening.
The young left-back has come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks as he’s gone from being a full-back on the fringes of the first-team to Marcelo Bielsa’s first port of call when he needs a late impact sub.
In fact, his good performances off of the bench have drawn comparisons to Gareth Bale.
The 19-year-old believes that his development can be attributed to his manager.
Speaking to the club after nailing down his new terms, the youngster waxed lyrical about how much the manager has helped him. Davis said:
“Marcelo has brought my attack and defensive play on really well, and I think I’ve come a long way.
“I’m still 19 aren’t I, still learning, it’s good to have probably the best manager in the world with you at 19, at the start of your career, hopefully the start of a long career, having him progressing you, and knowing what you’re going to have to do for the rest of your career.”
This quote really encapsulated what the 64-year-old’s legacy will be once he leaves Elland Road.
The manager has never really stuck around with any of his clubs, and he may not have a long tenure at the Yorkshire club, but even if he leaves in the near future he will have left an everlasting impact.
Davis saying that he now knows what he’ll have to do for the rest of his career shows that the manager has raised the standards of every single person at that club, and that’s what Bielsa’s lasting legacy will be.
The infamous murderball that has been driven into the players has clearly had a positive impact on Davis whose strong work rate was evident against QPR. Those Bale comparisons were a testament to that. He never stops running and that sums up just how much he’s taken on board from Bielsa.
He may still be learning, but for someone who was once linked with Liverpool, his future is undoubtedly bright.