Mark Jackson’s Leeds United U23s has enjoyed a fantastic campaign in Premier League 2 so far.
They top the Division 2 table by 10 points, despite their nine-game winning run crashing to an end at Crystal Palace on Monday.
Leeds were hampered by a harsh sending off early on, with Crysencio Summerville getting two yellows in quick succession.
Palace took the lead early on in the second half and although Leeds almost snatched an equaliser late on, a late second goal killed them off. Both came against the run of play.
The comms team on Palace TV spent the first 10 minutes of the game waxing lyrical about the Leeds side.
And one player, in particular, impressed us yesterday.
This time around, it wasn’t Joffy, although he put in another solid 45 minutes before he was taken off at half-time.
Instead, it was Leif Davis who seemed intent on showing Marcelo Bielsa that he must be in line for a start against West Ham on Monday.
He got a rare 90 minutes and was our man-of-the-match, impressing at both ends of the pitch, flying up and down the left flank.
In fact, it was his attacking prowess that really put him on the map yesterday and he almost snatched a deserved draw for Leeds late on, only to see his cross/shot cleared off the line late on.
Davis has made 14 appearances for Leeds but has only come off the bench twice in the Premier League, first against Man City and then in the awful 6-2 mauling by Man United.
Oddly, Niall Huggins came on before him in the 4-2 defeat to Arsenal but Davis is the only serious left-back option for the first-team.
With Kalvin Phillips potentially out for the West Ham game and Tyler Roberts and Mateusz Klich not impressing, we’d love to see Davis get his first top-flight start on Monday.
Gjanni Alioksi has been exposed this season and we want to see Stuart Dallas put back into the midfield role where he’s looked so dangerous.
We know Bielsa watches all the Under-23s games and we think he has to unleash Davis on Monday.
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