With Gjanni Alioski looking more and more likely to leave Leeds United come the end of the season, now is the perfect time for Marcelo Bielsa to unleash Leif Davis in the Premier League.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Alioski has instructed his agent to find him a new club, with talks over a potential contract extension failing to come to fruition.
With the 29-year-old potentially out of the picture, the left-back slot, currently occupied by Stuart Dallas, is very much up for grabs, especially with the latter able to play on the opposite flank or even in central midfield.
Davis on the other hand, could be the kind of left-back that Bielsa is looking for, and help save Victor Orta from spending millions in the transfer market – reports have suggested that the Whites have been looking at a potential summer move for Brest’s Romain Perraud.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay revealed that Davis is highly-rated behind the scenes at Elland Road, and even dubbed him as Bielsa’s “go-to player”.
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.”
The 21-year-old has only really been on the fringes of getting first-team action this season, with Bielsa understandably reluctant to throw him into the deep end of Premier League football – he’s played just 31 minutes of top-flight football all campaign, with the majority of his appearances coming for the U23s.
But, with Alioski’s potential departure, there is a space that could open up for Davis to fill, and if Bielsa gives him a few more run-outs off the bench from now until the end of the season, that could stand him in good stead for the following campaign.
It would allow Orta to potentially focus Leeds’ resources elsewhere when the transfer market opens up, instead of having to spend millions on a player who Davis could well be better than even now or in the future.