Leeds United defender Leif Davis is set for a loan move to Bournemouth following a surprise late development.
Reports in recent days had suggested that the 21-year-old was in advanced talks with Scott Parker’s side over a season-long loan move, but that appeared to have fallen through. Football Insider claimed that the plug had been pulled on the young defender’s move to the south coast, and that those involved in the discussions did not expect talks to be restarted.
However, it now appears that a deal has been resurrected at the 11th hour, with Football Insider revealing some big news from behind-the-scenes.
They outlined: “A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Davis underwent a Cherries medical on Saturday after the two clubs reached agreement over a season-long loan.
“The transfer is expected to be completed in the next 24 hours. Davis will then be able to link up with his new teammates and prepare for Bournemouth’s Championship campaign starting against West Brom on 6 August.
“Marcelo Bielsa is keen for Davis to get regular senior playing experience rather than be a bit-part figure at Leeds. Davis, who is primarily a left-back but can also move across to centre-back, is keen to be playing regularly.”
Having played just 31 minutes of football in the Premier League last season, and predominantly spending his time with the under-23s, Davis didn’t get too many opportunities to impress in the first team.
However, there’s no questioning that those behind the scenes at Leeds rate him very highly indeed, with The Athletic‘s Phil Hay making a big claim about how the staff at Thorp Arch think of the 21-year-old.
Hay 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.”
Getting him a season-long loan move to a promotion-chasing side like Bournemouth, where he should play consistently, is exactly what’s needed for his development, and he should return as a much better player and person for it next summer.
Given Football Insider‘s claim that Bielsa is “keen” for Davis to be playing regularly, most probably with a view to eventually using him in the first team setup at Leeds in the coming years, the Whites boss must be delighted that a loan move is now set to happen for the youngster.