With all the talk of Gjanni Alioski’s time at Leeds United coming to an end, Marcelo Bielsa will no doubt be searching for ways to replace the 29-year-old at Elland Road.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Alioski has, in fact, agreed to a pre-contract deal with Turkish Super Lig giants Galatasaray, with the versatile full back set to see his existing contract at Leeds come to an end this summer.
But while the Premier League club may look abroad for a potential replacement, Bielsa should perhaps be looking far closer to home: Leif Davis to be specific.
The 21-year-old has started getting a taste of first-team football at Elland Road this season, including a couple of high-profile Premier League outings against the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.
He has predominantly played for the club’s academy sides, however, and in the U23s’ 5-0 thumping of West Brom earlier this week, Davis produced a superb display at left-back.
Writing in his post-match player ratings, Leeds Live’s Joe Donnohue noted: “Ambitious and athletic down the left flank throughout, alert with his energy and determination to second balls too.”
Davis also appears to be impressing at Thorp Arch, with The Athletic’s Phil Hay revealing just how highly-rated the starlet actually is behind the scenes.
Speaking on The Phil Hay Show back in November, he said: “He’s very well thought of, is Davis, and he has been since he came, and of the Under-23s, he’s really been as involved as most under Bielsa and has quite often been the go-to player when Bielsa’s needed a left-back.
“The bottom line is that at Leeds, they think an awful lot of Davis, and they think that he’s a bit of a steal for what they paid to sign him from Morecambe.”
So with Alioski seemingly edging closer to the exit door, the time has now surely come for Bielsa to unleash Davis and unearth an heir to the North Macedonian.