Can Cameron Borthwick-Jackson's Leeds loan still be a success?

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Manchester United loanee has played just once for Leeds in the Championship this season.

Leeds United's English defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (R) vies with Leicester City's English midfielder Marc Albrighton during the English League Cup fourth round football match...

When Cameron Borthwick-Jackson made an unexpected breakthrough into the Manchester United first-team two seasons ago the left-back demonstrated the composure and tenacity to suggest that he could at least enjoy a career at a high level.

Since then, however, matters certainly haven't gone to plan for the young defender with a miserable loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers last season having been followed by a frustrating start to his stint with Leeds United this term.

Borthwick-Jackson has been restricted to just five appearances for Leeds so far this season, with just one of those having come in the Championship.

Manchester United's English defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson prepares to take a throw in during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old...

Injuries have certainly played a part in restricting the 20-year-old's progress but he has also been left out on several occasions when he has been fit.

Getting into the Leeds team will be a difficult task for Borthwick-Jackson, with Gaetano Berardi established as the first-choice left-back for Thomas Christiansen's side. Borthwick-Jackson hasn't made the bench in the Championship since August and is clearly out of favour at present, with his lack of experience and Christiansen's unwillingness to take a risk perhaps counting heavily against the defender. 

However, Leeds have lacked consistency in the league of late and have lost four of their last five games, indicating that it is time for Christiansen to make some alterations to his side, which could include giving Borthwick-Jackson more opportunities.

Dark Clouds form over Elland road as First Division football becomes a reality during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on May...

Borthwick-Jackson is also capable of operating as a centre-back if required but he is much more effective at left-back, where he can push forwards with regularity and supply dangerous crosses.

The prospect definitely deserves an opportunity to showcase his credentials but at present it appears that this could well turn out to be another frustrating and ultimately pointless loan spell for him.

 

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