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Leeds United: West Bromwich Albion keen to blow rival out of the water for Coventry City’s Sam McCallum

Leeds United: West Bromwich Albion keen to blow rival out of the water for Coventry City’s Sam McCallum

Leeds United face competition from Championship promotion rival West Bromwich Albion, should the Elland Road outfit look to make a move for Coventry City prospect Sam McCallum, according to Football Insider.

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The 19-year-old left-back, who can also play on the right, is claimed to be attracting widespread interest among the second-tier, and a promotion out of League One may be on the horizon for McCallum irrespective of Coventry’s efforts this season.

McCallum joined Coventry in the summer of 2018 on a three-year deal, with the intentions of starting his life at the Ricoh Arena as part of the Sky Blues’ Under 23s fold.

The former Herne Bay FC academy player, who represented England Schools’ Under 18s in 2018, made his senior Coventry debut against Cheltenham Town in the Checkatrade Trophy last season, before facing Southend United in the league.

Canterbury-born McCallum would end the term with three starts in eight first-team appearances (TransferMarkt), and has already started four of five League One games this season – along with two outings in the EFL Cup.

His rise to prominence at the Ricoh Arena is said to have sparked interest in a range of clubs, including Leeds, Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest and West Brom.

The Baggies’ would appear to be the readiest outfit to make a move, as Football Insider suggest a source from within the Hawthorns has told them that Slaven Bilic’s side have been extremely excited by his potential, and are ready to blow their competition out of the water to seal the youngster’s signature.

It would remain to be seen if Leeds missing out on McCallum would be a negative or a positive for the Elland Road natives, but failing to land a promising potential future star would be frustrating, regardless of his eventual career outlook.

Leeds have had issues promoting from within at left-back in recent years, too, with Tom Pearce only making ten first-team outings for the West Yorkshire side before joining Wigan Athletic this summer (TransferMarkt), while Clarke Odour failed to add to his senior debut before joining Barnsley.

Pearce only started two games under Marcelo Bielsa last term, as well, with both being in the Carabao Cup, while Odour made his senior debut as a late substitute in the FA Cup defeat at Queens Park Rangers.

Leeds fans, would you like to see your side make a move for McCallum in the hope he stands a better chance than Pearce or Odour? Let us know in the comments below…

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