Sky Sports pundit Iain Dowie has just hailed Leeds United loanee Alfie McCalmont’s “stunning” goal for Oldham Athletic against Exeter tonight.
Dowie was at the game on Gilette Soccer Special (Tuesday, 8pm) when the Sky studio moved to him for a report just as McCalmont crashed the ball into the net.
“A stunning goal by Alfie McCalmont from the edge of the box,” Dowie said.
“The ball was whipped in, cleared and it gets volleyed straight back in by McCalmont, a great, great finish, against the run of play.
“Brilliant chance down the other end, great counter-attack, they get a corner, whipped in and McCalmont finishes with style.”
Back in the Sky Sports studio, Julian Warren said, “Oh it’s a brilliant finish isn’t it at Oldham. Great volley to make it 2-0.”
McCalmont is sending a big message back to Bielsa and we couldn’t be happier for him.
That was his seventh goal for the League Two side and he’s thriving in the role at Oldham which lets him get further forward.
The 20-year-old has a long-term contract at Leeds, until 2024, and he’ll be hoping that his loan spell at Oldham will give him a chance of showing Bielsa what he can do in pre-season.
It’s generally thought that Bielsa keeps his favoured players close to him and Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Cody Drameh are all getting talked about as being close to the first-team.
However, McCalmont is a popular player with the Leeds fans and he’s already made his debut for the first-team.
All you can do when you go out on loan is sparkle against whatever opposition you play and McCalmont is fast becoming an essential player for Oldham.
It’s a huge step up to Leeds at the moment and the problem for all the players out on loan is that it’s going to get tougher each season in the Premier League.
McCalmont is doing his chances no harm, though.
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