By Noel Whelan

26th Jun, 2021 | 9:00am

McCalmont's Leeds career 'on the line' after what he's told friends - Whelan

Noel Whelan has claimed Alfie McCalmont’s Leeds United career is “on the line” ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 21-year-old needs to catch Marcelo Bielsa’s eye if and when he is sent out on loan.

As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday (June 24th), McCalmont has told friends he will be at a new team next season.

It is understood Bielsa has given the Northern Ireland international the green light to head out on loan after talks between the pair.

McCalmont is expected to head to League One after impressing with League Two outfit Oldham Athletic.

Despite having three years left on his contract, Whelan insisted the young midfielder needs to have an impressive 2021/22 campaign if he is to remain a Leeds player.

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“He’s got three years to impress,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“First and foremost, he’s a Leeds United player and he needs to impress out on loan. We keep talking about the words ‘professionalism’ and ‘drive’ and ‘ambition’.

“This is where that all kicks into play because you’re still very very young. You were at the team when they were in League One and then the Championship. Now they’re in the Premier League.

“Things change and football changes very, very quickly and so does progression when you go up with the leagues. For him, I think it’s an opportunity to really forge himself into a first-team player.

“Whether it’s League One level or not, it makes no odds. He needs to go out there and impress. It’s his career, it’s his future that’s on the line here.

“He’s got to go out there and stamp his authority on that league and on the team that he’s playing for.

“Only then will that raise an eyebrow and capture the attention of Marcelo Bielsa and everyone attached to Leeds United.”

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