Leif Davis has been on the bench for four of Leeds’ last six games. The summer signing is yet to get onto the pitch for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, but it is clear that the boss has faith in the 18-year-old.
Davis has been one of the men to step in as injuries continue to plague Leeds’ first-choice defenders. His versatility must appeal to Bielsa, but it is Aapo Halme who is getting the opportunities currently.
Halme started against Bristol City and has been brought on as a substitute on a couple of subsequent occasions. With Luke Ayling set to be back soon therefore, Davis must be wondering whether his chance will come anytime soon or not.
But with five games in just 15 days, starting with Sunday’s clash against Aston Villa, perhaps Bielsa may be tempted to hand Davis an opportunity in the near future.
In an ideal world, Kalvin Phillips and Pontus Jansson will see out the coming games without issue. However, the fixture list presents a tremendous challenge – and even Bielsa must be tempted to rotate.
If Leeds take a commanding lead at any stage, Davis should get a chance. That will not only help keep players fresher, but it could make a difference further down the line.
Leeds have had so little luck with injuries. It will surprise no-one therefore, if Bielsa’s squad is stretched again before the campaign concludes.
Davis would benefit more from making his debut now, rather than at the business end of the season. The stakes are already high, but they will be much higher if Leeds remain in the promotion mix in a couple of months.
Perhaps the time to hand Davis his chance will come in the next five games.