When Leeds United completed the signing of Leif Davis from Morecambe last summer, it is fair to say that the reaction from their supporters was that of bemusement.
Having just seen their club make the high profile appointment of Marcelo Bielsa, it would have been understandable if the Elland Road faithful were expecting the Argentine to be able to splash the cash on players who were proven at Championship level.
Yet instead, the former Athletic Bilbao boss decided to sanction a move for Davis despite the fact that he had yet to make his debut at senior level.
With the club announcing on Twitter that they had agreed a deal with the Shrimps for the 19-year-old, loads of Leeds fans expressed their disappointment at the news.
I’m not pleased
— carlos lufc (@CarlUdakis) July 4, 2018
Here we go again, more U23’s signings
— Liam (@mrliamstorey) July 4, 2018
Can we please buy someone for the first team so we dont finish mid table again?… ta!
— James (@jamesbtweets) July 6, 2018
Looks like we’ll be killing it in the under 23s next season!
— James Pearson (@JamesPearson25) July 4, 2018
Sign first teamers
— Luke townend (@Luketownend2) July 4, 2018
Are you having a laugh
— neil (@theleedsboy) July 4, 2018
You are having a laugh aren’t you?
— Liam (@liam_lightowler) July 4, 2018
Leif it out!
— Wayne (@wayneleedsfan) July 4, 2018
A mugging off of the highest order.
— Brandon Yates (@BielsaIsMyDad) July 4, 2018
Despite the negativity surrounding his move, Davis made a bright start to life with Leeds and eventually caught the eye of Bielsa who decided to hand him his professional bow against Aston Villa in December.
Outstanding throughout the clash, the full-back helped the club secure a 3-2 victory which put them six points clear of third-place West Bromwich Albion.
However, even though Davis was very impressive on his debut, the return of Barry Douglas resulted in him having to settle for sporadic substitute appearances over the next two months with his only other start coming in the FA Cup.
With the former Morecambe ace having to watch on from the sidelines at Elland Road, his campaign was brought to a premature end after suffering a knee injury last month.
Whereas Davis will look back on his first year at Leeds with an element of frustration, there is no reason why he cannot become a key player for the club in the near future.
Yet with The Sun reporting that the defender could be the subject of a considerable amount of interest from Liverpool this summer, it is clear that Bielsa must make a decision on the teenager’s future over the coming months.
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