Leif Davis' progress vindicates Leeds selling raft of centre-backs

Mani Dieseruvwe of Salford City beats Leif Davis of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Salford City and Leeds United at Moor Lane on August 13, 2019 in Salford,...

Leeds United let a number of young centre-backs leave the club this summer.

Mani Dieseruvwe of Salford City beats Leif Davis of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Salford City and Leeds United at Moor Lane on August 13, 2019 in Salford,...

Marcelo Bielsa appears to have inadvertently ensured that no Leeds fan will go over the top in their praise of Leif Davis on social media, with many choosing to echo the three words that Bielsa bellowed at the youngster during the pre-season friendly with Cagliari this summer.

'Very good Davis' was the comment used by a large number of the Elland Road faithful to sum up the defender's performance during Leeds' Carabao Cup win over Salford City on Tuesday night. 

 

And in truth, it was a display worthy of the praise that he received. Davis featured in a back three alongside Gaetano Berardi and Ben White at the Peninsula Stadium, and looked more than comfortable in the central role. 

It is no secret that Davis is a centre-back option, but he broke into the team last season at left-back so it may have taken some supporters by surprise that he slotted into the back three so seamlessly in the 3-0 win, showing the potential to perhaps become a much more prominent option at the heart of the defence in the future.

Marcelo Bielsa the manager of Leeds United looks on during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Salford City and Leeds United at Moor Lane on August 13, 2019 in Salford, England.

It would be a surprise however, if he managed to force his way ahead of White, Liam Cooper and Berardi in the pecking order anytime soon. Nevertheless, Davis' progress does help explain some of the transfer decisions that perplexed some supporters over the summer.

Leeds allowed the likes of Paudie O'Connor, Aapo Halme and Hugo Diaz to leave Elland Road. Halme and Diaz had been two of the most impressive players in the under-23s last season, while O'Connor had previously had a small run in the first-team and got some further experience under his belt on loan at Blackpool and Bradford City last term.

Leeds United's Aapo Halme vies for possession with Sheffield United's David McGoldrick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on...

While the trio were still facing a tough task forcing their way into the first-team - though Halme had seemingly broken through after making a handful of appearances for Bielsa's men - it was intriguing that Leeds decided to let all three leave permanently in the same window.

But with Davis now looking like the kind of player who Bielsa would be willing to turn to if two of his first-choice centre-backs were unavailable, it is a lot easier to understand why Leeds felt that they could let a number of young players leave. 

He surely has some way to go before he is battling with the three players ahead of him in that position. But the fans should certainly be prepared to hear 'Very good Davis' shouted from the touchline on a much more regular basis this season. 

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