Alfie McCalmont has left Leeds United to join Carlisle United in League Two on loan until the end of the season – becoming the second player to depart Elland Road this month, prompting reaction from Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling.
McCalmont, 22, had spent the previous two seasons out on loan. First in League Two with Oldham, and then third-tier outfit Morecambe last term. He played 70 times in all competitions at senior level. He returned to Leeds in the summer.
But the Northern Ireland international has failed to make an impression and found himself back at square one. In the Under-21 side at Elland Road. Now, he has left Leeds on loan for a third time, joining League Two side Carlisle.
Carlisle sit in fourth place and boast a real chance of promotion to League One. Their squad includes Ryan Edmondson, a player McCalmont knows well – as well as ex-Leeds defender Paul Huntington. McCalmont posted on Instagram.
McCalmont leaves Leeds on loan for Carlisle: Cooper and Ayling react
While it is a good move for McCalmont in that he needs to be playing regular football at first-team level, it is a sign that he simply is not good enough for Leeds. A return to League Two, after impressing at League One level last term.
However, it is a team towards the top end of League Two and he will get the chance to see plenty of the ball. He might be able to replicate the impact at Oldham – in which he scored 10 goals and laid on five assists in 39 appearances.
McCalmont has entered the last 18 months of his contract at Elland Road and it might be, in the summer, he is allowed to leave permanently. Both Cooper and Ayling responded on his Instagram, as did Darko Gyabi.