Leeds United youngster Alfie McCalmont has come to life in the last few weeks while on loan at Oldham as a new manager is helping him to improve.
McCalmont was having an unremarkable season under former Leeds man Harry Kewell as Oldham plodded their way through League Two without really troubling anyone.
However, after a poor run of results Kewell was sacked and former Northampton boss Keith Curle was brought in.
Curle has overseen an upturn in form over his first six games in charge and if you compare how McCalmont has done in those games compared to Kewell’s last six, the results are staggering.
The headline that some Leeds fans will be aware of is that McCalmont is in fine goalscoring form, picking up three goals across those six games from his central midfield position.
Two of them were absolute belters too.
The Whites talent had three goals to his name under Kewell across 21 appearances in League Two which tells us a lot.
It suggests that McCalmont is now being allowed to push forward when he wants to and he seems to be working a lot harder under his new boss.
In his first six games under Curle, McCalmont has attempted 10 dribbles as he attempted to bring the ball forward out of midfield. [Wyscout]
In Kewell’s last six games McCalmont attempted seven dribbles but in three of those games, he attempted zero.
Not having the licence to go forward has stifled McCalmont and now he has a manager who is willing to trust him, we are seeing the best of a talented youngster.
He also looks to be working harder in his defensive work too.
In Curle’s first six games, McCalmont registered 31 interceptions compared to Kewell’s last six where he only registered 24.
These fine margins can make or break a player and there is no doubting the improvement we have seen from McCalmont in recent weeks.
In Kewell’s last six games, only 56.3% of McCalmont’s actions were successful compared to Curle’s first six where the Leeds man got it right with 65% of his actions. [Wyscout]
This is such a huge improvement and it is great to see.
You just wish Kewell had been sacked sooner so McCalmont would’ve had even more time to showcase his talent.
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