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Barry Douglas’ Leeds departure could see Leif Davis given a chance

Deadline day may have come and gone, but Leeds’ transfer business isn’t done and dusted just yet.

The Whites can still operate in the domestic window, and while potential incomings such as Todd Cantwell are exciting, there are also some prospective exits at Elland Road.

Barry Douglas is one man who could soon be leaving the club with both Watford and Blackburn Rovers interested in his services.

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While Douglas leaving would be something of a shame, considering that he’s never really got going at Elland Road, it may clear the path for one of United’s most promising young players to get more opportunities.

Indeed, Douglas was left out of the squad for the Man City game last weekend, and that meant that Leif Davis was called up to the bench. If the youngster gets more minutes this season, he could soon be knocking on the door of the starting XI.

There’s no doubting that Davis is an incredibly talented player – Liverpool were looking at him last summer – and he’s actually been compared to Gareth Bale in the past.

Indeed, Graham Smyth was talking about his cameo appearance against QPR last season, and when speaking about his pace down the left-wing, he claimed that it reminded him of Bale’s breakout showing against Inter Milan in the Champions League.

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“For a defender that would be terrifying, somebody coming on with that kind of pace. It was reminiscent of Gareth Bale against Inter Milan, pushing the ball ahead and backing himself to beat anyone else to it,” Smyth said (Inside Elland Road 4/11/19)

That sort of electric pace could be a huge addition to United’s squad, especially when they’re coming up against a top team and they need to give them something to think about late on.

Davis could soon become United’s super-sub, and if he impresses enough in that role, there’s no reason why he can’t become Bielsa’s starting left-back in the near future.

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