By Jonty Banks

6th Dec, 2022 | 1:40pm

Leeds United transfer news as Alfie McCalmont most likely to join St Mirren

Alfie McCalmont is set to leave Leeds United on loan in the January transfer window with St Mirren most likely to get a deal over the line, according to Leeds All Over.

The 22-year-old has previously featured in The Whites’ first team under Marcelo Bielsa, making his debut in a 3-0 League Cup win over Salford in 2019, and training regularly with Jesse Marsch this season.

This season he has found first-team minutes hard to come by – spending the first half of the campaign with the Leeds United Under-21s.

After spending two previous loan spells at Oldham Athletic and Morecambe, the Northern Ireland international is now set for a third spell away from Elland Road.

According to Leeds All Over, a move this January is likely, with the midfielder set to move north of the border in his search for consistent game time.

The report said: “St Mirren are the side most likely to seal a deal in the new year, with the Scottish Premiership side managed by McCalmont’s former manager elsewhere, Stephen Robinson.

“Robinson was in charge when McCalmont moved to Morecambe last season, with the midfielder’s best form coming in the first two-thirds of the season when the 47-year-old was at the helm.”

Unfortunate

It is probably fair to say McCalmont did not expect his 2022/23 season to consist of him playing mostly with the Under-21s side, with the 22-year-old becoming a regular in Michael Skubala’s youth side.

Having spent two previous seasons away from Elland Road – and impressing on both occasions – he might have thought his time had finally arrived for some regular minutes in the first team.

During his loan spell with Oldham during the 2020/21 season, the midfielder played more than his part, scoring ten goals and assisting a further five times.

With so much football league experience under his belt, McCalmont has every right to be frustrated by how things have gone at Elland Road, but a fresh start could be needed to end this chapter of his career.

Although he is set to move away on a third loan, a permanent move elsewhere could be needed to kick-start this undoubtedly talented player’s career.

In other Leeds United news, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente contract updates emerge with both their deals running down.