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Journalist reveals one Leeds United player’s failed Elland Road departure during January transfer window

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Leeds United remain well on course for a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa this season. 

The Whites are currently sat top of the second tier standings, and will fancy their chances of holding their nerve in the battle for promotion heading into the final nine games of this year’s league campaign.

One player that hasn’t had much of a chance to impress this season is young full-back Leif Davis, who has made just five appearances in all competitions this term.

Leeds Live’s Beren Cross has recently revealed that Davis almost moved to League One side Blackpool in the January transfer window on a loan deal, although a move failed to materialise for one reason or another.

The Tangerines are sat 13th in the League One table, and might be regretting not forcing a move through for Davis, after a poor run of results since the turn of the New Year has seen them slip away from the play-off chasing pack in the third tier of English football.

Davis had a minor knee operation back in January, which could hint that his injury might have been a potential stumbling block for any move to Blackpool.

Marcelo Bielsa has plenty of options available to him at left-back, but Davis is likely to be behind the likes of Ezgjan Alioski, Stuart Dallas and Barry Douglas in the pecking order at Elland Road.

If Leeds are to win promotion this season, then you have to imagine that Bielsa will be keen to loan out a number of the club’s younger players in order for them to further their development in senior football.

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The Verdict: 

I think a loan move would be the best option for both parties involved next season.

Davis hasn’t looked out of place when he’s been called into the Leeds senior team, but he’s likely to be well down the pecking order in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans if all of his squad are fully-fit.

He still hasn’t been out on loan in his career, and I think Leeds would be making a mistake if they weren’t to take up the opportunity of furthering his development in senior football next term.

If he can impress away from Elland Road, then he could be challenging for a starting spot with Leeds in future seasons, which will obviously be the aim for Davis.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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