Davis and Hjelde set for shootout during Leeds tour of Australia
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Davis and Hjelde set for shootout during Leeds tour of Australia

Junior Firpo missing the pre-season tour to Australia is a real blow for the left-back after his superb showing in Leeds United’s opening fixture of the summer last week.

Firpo was excellent against Blackpool. And there is reason to – cautiously – hope that his partnership with Jack Harrison could be hugely influential for the Whites this season.

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But it is a real setback to lose him ahead of the trip Down Under. However, it does present a massive opportunity to two players ahead of the three games.

Leif Davis came on against Blackpool following his return from a loan with Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Leo Hjelde is also in the touring party.


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Hjelde impressed on the handful of occasions he played for the first-team last season. He is someone capable of playing at centre-back or on the left.

You would imagine that it is on the left where he will be used for now. And perhaps it may now be a shootout between the two players to earn a spot in Jesse Marsch’s plans for the coming campaign.

Shooutout between Leif Davis and Leo Hjelde?

Whichever player impresses more may well find themselves sticking around as Firpo’s understudy. The other meanwhile, will surely leave in some capacity.

It feels like now or never for Davis at Leeds. It was somewhat ominous that he was loaned out last season. And he turns 23 later this year.

Hjelde meanwhile, is under a little less pressure. The 18-year-old will surely not be sold whatever happens. But perhaps a loan may make sense if Davis impresses Marsch in the coming games.

The Norwegian is a fantastic prospect. But if Davis does well, Marsch would surely be forgiven for wanting Hjelde to follow Charlie Cresswell’s lead and get game-time under his belt elsewhere.

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