Leeds United will be very eager to put the wrongs of last season right as they aim to earn promotion to the Premier League ahead of the new campaign.
Leeds United’s Jack Clarke was the shining youngster to stand up in Marcelo Bielsa’s demanding system last season, but could Leif Davis be the next one in line?
The 19-year-old is a year older than Clarke, and whilst his fellow academy product is an attacking winger, Davis is a left-back with huge promise.
Whilst quite a lot of the talk will be on Clarke, could Davis surprise one and all by outperforming the winger and earning more game time that supporters may think he will get ahead of the new Championship season?
Bielsa isn’t fearful of handing youngsters the opportunity, and he proved that when Davis made his debut away at Aston Villa last December.
He didn’t feature much thereafter, but the position that Davis plays in, is up for grabs, so it’s not like he has a huge wall of competition to break down in order to break into the starting XI.
Barry Douglas, who joined the club last summer, will be looking to learn from his indifferent debut campaign at Elland Road, whilst Ezgjan Alioski will surely want to reclaim his more natural position and play further forward.
If during pre-season, or even at the start of the campaign, the more senior left-back Douglas shows any signs of weakness then Davis will pounce because he has the qualities to be a regular next term.
Whilst all eyes, and understandably so, will be on other star names, Davis has the chance to creep up from behind and produce the goods for Leeds.
One thing that has been consistent in Bielsa’s highly-demanding system is that the more younger players have benefited from it, so there’s no reason why Davis can’t either.
Davis is your typical modern day fullback. He likes to get forward to produce the goods in the attacking third and it is qualities like that which will make you an outstanding talent under Bielsa because he loves his players on the flanks to get high up the pitch as possible.
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