Leeds United defender Leif Davis was reportedly offered to and snubbed by Sheffield Wednesday early in his career.
The teenager has made five appearances for the Whites this season–coming off the bench three times in the Championship and starting twice in the Carabao Cup.
The left-back arrived at Elland Road last summer, joining from League Two side Morecambe, and made his debut in Marcelo Bielsa’s first season at the helm.
Davis made five appearances in the 2018/19 campaign and could play a bigger role as the season wears on–with Bielsa having suggested he has everything it takes to break into the first team.
It appears the 19-year-old could’ve been emerging at another Championship club, however, it has been revealed that Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals Wednesday turned down the opportunity to take a look at him as a young player.
Andrew Ferguson, who was working as a youth-team and first-team scout for the Owls at the time, told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he suggested the club look at Davis when he was in his early teens.
He said: “I went down there to try and get them to take him but they had a boy called Fraser Preston who they deemed better, they wouldn’t take a look at Leif.
“I knew Stewart at Morecambe and I said I’ve got a left-footer you’ve got to take a look at.
“He went there and flourished.”
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Davis has been a bit-part player for the Whites but has helped them climb to second in the Championship and to open up a five-point gap on the sides below them.
Davis has been restricted to few opportunities this season but I have been very impressed when I’ve seen him.
He was particularly good late on in the victory against QPR, showcasing both his defensive strength and attacking intent.
It’s difficult to say at this point if Wednesday made a mistake, particularly as Leeds and Morecambe deserve some credit for the teenager’s development.