Boss hopes for major impact from 20-year-old Leeds signing
By Tom Blackburn
Guiseley boss Mark Bower has high hopes for Leeds midfielder Alex Purver after he arrived on loan.
The non-league club confirmed on Thursday via their official Twitter account that the 20-year-old had secured a loan move until 2 January.
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Bower is now hoping the youngster can have a similar impact to that of Bury forward Anthony Dudley in the 2015-16 season, as the club prepare for their National League game at Solihull Moors on Saturday.
“Alex seems to be very well thought of and he is one who we have had an eye on since the end of last season,” Bower told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Hopefully, it will suit everyone – us, Leeds United and Alex. He has a good attitude and he was keen to come and knows that he needs to play some ‘man’s football’ now and get away from that under-21 thing.
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“But at the same time, with us being part-time, it suits both parties really because he can stay with Leeds and have a few sessions a week there and then play the ‘proper football’ with us on a weekend.
“He comes with no fear and gets on the ball and plays a bit and has got a lot of attributes and can put in a tackle as well and he looks an all-round midfielder. We have been short on that and now hopefully we have managed to pin one down.
“It has to suit both sides, but we have taken players from the likes of Leeds and Bradford before.
“Sometimes it works out with young players; sometimes it doesn’t and we are hoping that Alex can follow Anthony Dudley’s impact.
“If Alex is as successful as Anthony was last year, then we will be certainly be pleased with that.”
Purver, who signed a new one-year Elland Road deal in June, is highly rated at the Whites after he joined the club at six and progressed through the youth ranks at Thorp Arch.
He starred in 33 encounters for the Under-21 side last campaign, where he was often the captain of the side.
The young midfielder also trained with the first-team squad during this summer’s pre-season.
He can occupy a number of positions to go alongside his more natural midfield role and last campaign he also enjoyed a stint at right-back for the Under-21 side.
Purver may have found first-team opportunities hard to come by for the Whites with Matt Grimes, Kalvin Phillips, Pablo Hernandez, Ronaldo Vieira, Liam Bridcutt and Alex Mowatt all ahead of him in the club’s midfield pecking order.
In other Leeds transfer news, a reliable journalist claims Massimo Cellino plans to make another signing.