'Not good' - Exclusive: Whelan frets over what's happening to Leeds loanee
Alfie McCalmont has “got to change something” if he is to develop during his loan spell away from Leeds United at Oldham Athletic, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor, has been left fretting over the promising midfielder’s lack of game time at the Latics.
The 20-year-old joined the League Two side on a season-long loan back in September and was thrown straight into the starting XI by Harry Kewell.
📰 Good luck to Alfie McCalmont who has joined Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of the season
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 25, 2020
However, after four starts and one substitute appearance, McCalmont has been left unused on the bench for the last three league games.
Whelan has suggested the youngster will be getting frustrated with his lack of game time and insisted that he has got to find a way to force himself back into Kewell’s starting XI if he wants to progress as a player.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think when you come from a Premier League club to a lower division club and you’ve been in and out the first team, you expect to start.
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“That’s not the case. I mean, you know, the only way a player is happy to go out on loan is if he’s going to be guaranteed and getting into that first team every single week and progressing his career. He’s not progressing himself at all sitting on the bench.
“So, you know, whether it’s he’s not fitting in at the minute, whether he’s not looking the player that they wanted on loan, he’s got to change something.
“He’s got to fight and find a way to get himself into that side and start progressing his career because sitting on a bench is not going to do him any good at all and neither is it going to do his mind any good.”
McCalmont has made two appearances for Leeds’ senior side, both in the League Cup, while he made his Northern Ireland debut as a substitute back in September 2019.
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