Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has told Friday’s press conference that forgotten Leeds player Alfie McCalmont has made the “biggest impression” on the American gaffer in Leeds training since arriving, in the last six weeks.

Four-time Northern Ireland international McCalmont, 22, returned to Leeds in the summer after a second loan spell away from Elland Road. The midfielder has spent the last two seasons on loan at Oldham Atheltic and Morecambe.

But he was back at square one after the summer window ended. Some way down the pecking order, and clearly not doing enough to convince Marsch that he should be involved in the first team – McCalmont is back in the U21 side.

It is not as easy as that, either. McCalmont is now too old for the 21’s, meaning he has to be one of the three players allowed to play as an overage player. A loan was expected this month. But Marsch gave an update on McCalmont.

“Alfie has trained really well, and played really well in the last six weeks. Made the biggest impression on me in my time here so far. So that’s been great. What exactly the decisions are for loans for different players are not clear.

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“Not, quite yet. For them, they get their season going today, at Forest tonight [21’s]. We will continue to see what the best path is for players like McCalmont – if going out on loan is the best for them,” Marsch said on Friday.

Marsch: McCalmont has made the biggest impression since Leeds arrival

McCalmont is still an exciting talent. He starred at League Two side Oldham. In League One, his time at Morecambe was good – but not great. He needs to kickstart his career. Marsch’s comments might be generating some interest.

Or, it is simple honesty from Marsch. McCalmont has been in first-team training more often, seen in clips posted by Leeds. Scottish Premiership side St. Mirren are showing interest in a loan for the midfielder, as per the Record.

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