Leeds rising star McCalmont tipped to join Peterborough next season - Whelan
Noel Whelan has named Peterborough United as a potential loan destination next season for Leeds United youngster Alfie McCalmont.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 21-year-old could join a newly-promoted club next term.
As revealed by Football Insider, Marcelo Bielsa wants the midfielder to join a League One side in the summer after impressing at League Two Oldham Athletic this season.
It is understood Leeds do not believe McCalmont is ready to be part of the first-team squad and want him to be playing regularly next term.
However, Whelan has suggested the Northern Ireland international could aim higher than England’s third tier.
As such, he tipped newly promoted Peterborough as a possible destination.
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Asked if McCalmont should be setting his sights higher than League one, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Well, that depends if anyone’s interested in the Championship.
“Obviously if you ask a player, that is where they’d want to be. If they’re not in the Premier League and going out on loan, it’s better competition. Better players you’re up against and playing with.
“If you ask Alfie McCalmont, he’d probably say that he can cut it in the Championship. I’m sure he could. It’s whether any teams are willing to take him on board. Now there might be a Peterborough willing to take him on or one of the promoted sides from League One.
“If it’s League One, it’s League One, but he needs to go out there with the same attitude, that same desire and that progression in his career to show that he can do it the next level up.
“If that is the case then he’s got to go out there prove his worth to the club and to the manager that he’s doing things the right way. Prove he’s got the right attitude and showing the right desire and hunger to play football.”
McCalmont has netted 10 goals in 40 appearances for Oldham this season.
He has two first-team appearances under his belt for Leeds, both of which came in the League Cup.