By Craig Scott

31st Aug, 2022 | 6:40am

Leeds United to let Alfie McCalmont leave if right offer comes in - Phil Hay

Alfie McCalmont will be allowed to leave Leeds United before the Thursday transfer deadline “if the right offer comes in for him,” according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

McCalmont, 22, spent last season on loan at Morecambe in League One but he currently remains at Thorp Arch without much hope of breaking back into the Leeds first-team any time soon.

Hay claims that the Thirsk-born central midfielder will be allowed to leave Elland Road before the 11pm deadline on 1 September while there’s also interest in his Under-21s teammate Sean McGurk.

“There has been interest in McGurk and McCalmont is expected to go if the right offer comes in for him. [Ian] Poveda was another one listed to go out and he’s joined Blackpool on loan,” said Hay on The Athletic website on Tuesday (30 August).

For the best

McCalmont will be 23 by the time this season finishes and as the Under-23s are now classed as the Under-21s, he’s above the age range for Premier League 2 players.

If a player has turned 22 and he’s still playing for the reserves, then it’s usually time to give up on him.

McCalmont has had a few chances to impress at Leeds but has never really blown anyone away enough to get a regular spot or to be able to secure a loan move to a club higher than League One.

The Northern Ireland Under-21 international is versatile and has already scored in Premier League 2 for Leeds this season as a left-back.

Last season, at Morecambe, he played 26 times in League One playing all sorts of midfield roles while he’s also had some time at Oldham in 2020/21 when he scored eight times in 35 League Two appearances playing either as a wide-man or a deep-lying midfielder.

That’ll bode well for McCalmost, who’s good enough to win a contract at a League One club or even a Scottish Premiership side if a late move is made for him.

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