Jesse Marsch told his post-match press conference – as per Leeds LiveLeif Davis is currently “on trial” at Leeds United having returned to the club from Bournemouth after a poor loan spell; despite telling him not to treat it like that.

Davis, 22, only managed 15 appearances for the Cherries last term. Under Scott Parker, he failed to break into the starting line-up as Bournemouth secured promotion to the Premier League. He has a year left on his contract.

However, with Junior Firpo and Stuart Dallas injured, Davis is realistically the club’s only left-back option. Jack Harrison played at left-back against Brisbane Roar but was poor – while Leo Hjelde only just returned from injury against Villa.

Asked about left-back Davis and Firpo, Marsch explained that Davis is undergoing a kind of internal trial. He says he has spoken to Davis regarding his future, who does have interest from League One side Ipswich Town.

“Davis has stepped in. When I spoke to him, I said ‘I don’t want to treat this like a trial, but the reality is, it is a trial.’ It’s good to see him against Premier League talent. He did okay. The challenge for him is big because the level’s high.”

Marsch: Davis currently on trial at Leeds

Davis is on trial. This summer is absolutely pivotal for his summer, even more so with Firpo and Dallas injured. So, he seriously needs to jump at the chance that has been afforded to him. Is he good enough to do so?

Judging by the stats, no. Only 14 competitive Leeds appearances and one more for Bournemouth in an entire campaign last term in the Championship. But his performances have been decent this summer.

He might be kept as cover, but realistically, Leeds really need a left-back this summer and Davis is not the answer. A move to Ipswich would be a good one for the defender, who needs to join a club where he is first choice.

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