MOT View: Leif Davis leaving on loan could prove to be rare Orta blunder
Leeds United left-back Leif Davis is in advanced talks over a loan move to Championship outfit Bournemouth, according to Football Insider.
Junior Firpo’s £13million arrival at Elland Road may have dampened Davis’ chances of flourishing into a first-team left-back.
Going out on loan could prove to be an ideal thing for the 21-year-old as he’s regarded as a bright prospect at Thorp Arch.
Marcelo Bielsa prefers to work with a thin squad and seldom rotates his first team unless he’s compelled to do so due to injuries or suspensions.
Rare Orta blunder
Victor Orta has got several things right at the club, but letting Davis leave on loan when we’re already short on options at the back could prove to be a glaring mistake.
At 21, Davis is at the optimum age of breaking into the first-team and knocking on Marcelo Bielsa’s door for cup starts and appearances off the bench in the odd Premier League games.
Last season, left-back proved to be a problematic position with Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas both looking shaky there.
Firpo comes in as an out-and-out left-back, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a player like Davis in reserve.
While the Spaniard prefers surging forward and linking with the attacking players, Davis is more a defensive minded full-back, although he is capable of contributing in the final third as well.
The 21-year-old can also play as a centre-back – making him a vital utility player to have on the bench.
Given the number of defensive injuries we faced last season, it seems hard to justify the club’s decision of letting him go out on loan.
He’s already made 14 senior appearances for the Whites so it’s not like he’s inaccustomed to playing at the senior level.
Hopefully, new Cherries manager Scott Parker gives him regular playing minutes as that’s the primary reason for us loaning him out.
They’ll be looking to secure promotion and we’re sure that if they do, Davis will be playing a major role in their quest.
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