When the transfer window slammed shut on Thursday, you could understand if Leeds United fans were worried that this proud old club had shot themselves in the foot once again.
After all, a 46-game Championship season is enough of a slog already, particularly when you’ve got just three senior centre-backs at your disposal. One of those, by the way, is the injury prone Gaetano Berardi.
But maybe there is a reason why Marcelo Bielsa didn’t feel the need to reinforce his back line despite the departures of Pontus Jansson, Paudie O’Connor and Aapo Halme.
If the Argentine is famed for one thing, it is his trust in youth. And if Tuesday’s 3-0 League Cup win away at Salford City is anything to go by, you can expect to see 19-year-old Leif Davis get a few more outings at the centre of the defence over the next eight months or so.
The Newcastle-born teenager had featured at left-back whenever he’s been promoted to the first-team until now but, thanks in part to some inspired coaching by Carlos Corberan, Davis now looks like a real option in the centre after a display full of class and composure.
No one made more tackles or interceptions than Davis at Moor Lane and he looked more than comfortable bringing the ball out of the back too. Did we mention a dramatic, on-the-line block from Richie Towell with the score at 0-0?
No wonder the fans were impressed.
Very good Davis— M O S S (@joemossss) August 13, 2019
Been super impressed with Davis and Shackleton tonight. #lufc— Alex Oldham (@alexanderoldham) August 13, 2019
Davis 6? I thought he was class today— :) (@Max_LUFC) August 13, 2019
Fella had a cracking game— Chris Mobley (@mobster72) August 13, 2019
Young lad looks a player, out strengthened couple of times but your guy was massive. He held his own well done Davis— LUFCMUNN (@brownmackers) August 13, 2019
His best game for us— Nick Cross (@clouseofbristol) August 13, 2019
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