Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United youngster Leif Davis to become Marcelo Bielsa’s second-choice left-back behind Stuart Dallas.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds ace and boyhood Whites fan delivered his verdict after the 20-year-old made his Premier League debut from the bench against Manchester City on Saturday.
Dallas, 29, has started all of Leeds’ Premier League games so far this season while Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas have both played at left-back for Bielsa in the past.
However, Douglas may quit the club before the domestic transfer window closes on the 16th of October amid interest from Championship sides Watford and Blackburn Rovers.
The Scottish international has not made a Premier League matchday squad this season and it now seems Davis has leapfrogged him in the pecking order.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of the defender’s top-flight debut, Whelan said: “As a young player it can be very daunting and he made a couple of mistakes but he stuck at it which shows good and strong mentality.
“It’s not easy when you’re coming on in the Premier League, never mind against Manchester City and against Bernando Silva on that right-hand side when he came on looked very lively.
“He got angry with himself a couple of times and frustrated but how many times has Bernardo Silva or Kevin De Bruyne and all these players frustrated international players? Many occasions.
“He shouldn’t feel too bad about it. I thought it was a very good cameo when he came on that showed his strengths and a little bit of weakness every now and then.
“You’re going to get that against top sides, it’s nothing against his ability you’re just coming up against very good world-class players.
“For me, he looks like he’s going to be the next choice left-back if Stuart Dallas is injured.”
In other Leeds United news, Whelan has been left in awe as the Whites complete a late capture that suits Bielsa’s style ‘perfectly’.