Mills: Leeds may be set for Davis transfer battle after confirmed news
Danny Mills has insisted Leif Davis may still have a future at Leeds United after joining Bournemouth on loan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender claimed Davis could fight for a place in Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI if he is “ripping up trees” on the south coast.
As first revealed by Football Insider on 26 July, the 21-year-old has moved to Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal.
The temporary move is with a view to a permanent deal being struck at the end of the season.
Davis featured just twice in the Premier League last season despite being on the bench for 23 games.
Asked for his assessment of the move, Mils told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “You have to look at it, is he going to break into the first team at Leeds United? It’s probably unlikely.
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“But if he goes out on loan and is brilliant, then I’m sure Leeds have an option to keep him, whatever that option looks like in the loan. If he’s absolutely outstanding and ripping up trees, there might be a fight over whether they keep him or Leeds have him back.
“It’s the right thing to do. He’s had a taste of first-team football, it’s the right thing to do now. Go and prove yourself.
“Is it worth sitting on the bench for the next 12 months? Probably not. Go out there, get some experience and prove yourself.”
Davis now has 14 appearances across all competitions for Leeds.
The left-back also played 12 times for the Under-23s side in Premier League 2 last term.