Scott Parker discusses Leeds United loan man Leif Davis
Scott Parker has told Leeds United loan man Leif Davis to be ready to take any opportunities that could come his way.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, the Bournemouth manager revealed that he rates the 21-year-old left-back, but he needs him to be ready to contribute.
So far, since moving to the south coast on loan, the left-back has only made five appearances totalling 188 minutes as the Cherries sit top of the Championship.
Parker said: “It’s tough for Leif at the moment. It’s been a little bit stop-start.
“He came to us injured, and we then obviously built him back up.
“I think there’s no hiding behind the truth. The truth is, at the moment, there’s a boy in front of Leif in his position (Zemura) that is doing extremely well.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to sit there a little bit, make sure you still do the right things, keep working hard, getting your opportunity when it comes and taking it.
“I think Leif is in that position at the moment.
“We signed him because he’s a very good player. At this moment, he’s just waiting for the opportunity, really.”
The loan is not going to plan.
Initially, this looked like the perfect loan move for Davis.
It should have been a great opportunity to play regular first-team football for a top Championship side.
However, due to injury and the form of Jordan Zemura, he hasn’t been able to get into the first team and make an impression, which is a huge shame.
There are, though, positives for Davis to latch onto.
The season is still very early, and Zemura might suffer a loss of form or injuries might hit, and he could still make a huge impression on the Championship with Bournemouth.
It is clear that Parker likes him, so he should get an opportunity at some point, and he just has to be patient.
Leeds have high hopes for Davis, and we hope that this poor start turns around quickly so that he can return to Elland Road, ready to compete in Marcelo Bielsa’s first team.
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