By George Overhill

2nd Dec, 2022 | 3:10pm

Alfie McCalmont is being lined up for a January exit from Leeds United on loan with St Mirren aiming for a deal, according to Leeds All Over.

The 22-year-old played under the Paisley-based SPFL club’s boss Stephen Robinson previously while on loan at Morecambe last season.

The manager is described as the “driving force” behind the potential new temporary move, with McCalmont enjoying some of his best form under the 47-year-old.

Once Robinson left in February the Whites loanee barely featured, with just four of his 31 appearances for the Shrimps in all competitions coming under successor Derek Adams.

The midfielder has made two senior appearances for Leeds United in his career, but none this year with just six Premier League 2 outings, from which he has contributed a goal and two assists, plus a pair of games in the the EFL Trophy his workload so far.


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Despite McCalmont surprisingly being named in the Whites’ Premier League squad under Jesse Marsch there hasn’t been a hint of him threatening first team action.

He hasn’t been in a match day squad, let alone on the pitch, so if Robinson is that keen on working with him again then it sounds like the St Mirren move is the best option for him next month.

Having signed a contract extension upon the club’s return to the top flight, that runs until the end of next season, it is in the club’s interest to get him playing somewhere to drum up some interest for a likely permanent deal in the summer.

McCalmont will be 23 by the end of this season and doesn’t look to be in the manager’s plans, despite the likely exits of Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw.

And at his age he needs more than just under-21 action when he should be playing senior football, so if he heads to Scotland and performs then there is likely to be a chance that he makes the move permanent.

The January window is odds on to see a fair amount more activity than last season, and the young midfielder making a temporary exit at least seems like a sensible piece of business.

In other Leeds United news, a talkSPORT pundit slammed an attempt to “belittle” a Whites player while Jim White and Simon Jordan jumped to his defence.