Amid all the talk of Leeds United eyeing potential new signings at centre-back and left-back in this summer transfer window, Marcelo Bielsa could save the club millions by unleashing Leif Davis next season in the Premier League.
Reports in recent days and weeks have suggested that the likes of Stade Brest’s Romain Perraud and Sampdoria’s Omar Colley, are among the names being discussed as Bielsa looks to strengthen his back-line.
But in Davis, he could unleash someone with a lot of potential and who is already getting a taste of Premier League football.
The 21-year-old only had a brief look-in at first-team action in the previous campaign, playing just 31 minutes of football in the top-flight, and predominantly spending his time with the U23s.
But, according to comments previously made by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, Davis does appear to be making waves behind the scenes at Thorp Arch, saying: “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.”
While Davis has some work to do in the aerial department, his tenacity and tackling is something which has always stood out about him, with Stewart Drummond, his former academy boss at Morecambe, saying: “He had similar attributes to what he has now; a great engine, pace, fit, aggressive in the tackle. He had a nice left foot, delivered the ball really well, all the basic attributes you try to find in players at that age.”
Able to play at both left-back and at centre-back, Davis has got the versatility to fill in wherever Bielsa needs him, offering him a dynamic presence down the flank or perhaps someone more “aggressive” in the middle of the defence and someone who is able to play out from the back.
Given how fans naturally want to see their young talents shine, and how some of them responded with excitement when he previously penned a new contract at Elland Road, Leeds supporters would surely be absolutely buzzing to see Davis play a more prominent role in the first-team next season under Bielsa.
And, it would also go a long way to saving the Whites a lot of money in terms of not having to spend a tonne of cash on some big-money signings.