Leeds dropped the ball selling Leif Davis without a replacement - opinion
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Leeds dropped the ball selling Leif Davis without a replacement - opinion

One of the obvious priorities for Leeds United heading into the January transfer window is a new left-back, with Pascal Struijk continuing to fill-in for Jesse Marsch’s men so far this season.

Struijk has done an excellent job. In fact, he has arguably been one of our best players. And there seem to be very few calls for the actual left-back in our ranks, Junior Firpo, to come in.

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Firpo has been a really disappointing signing. And with that, it would be a terrible mistake for Leeds to not sign a new left-back in January. It would be infuriating, in fact.

Leeds made further error selling Leif Davis

It is hardly a hot take to suggest that Leeds made an error not signing a left-back in the summer. But perhaps, there is reason to think that selling Leif Davis in that window was also a real misstep.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND – JULY 30: Bolton Wanderers’ Declan John and Ipswich Town’s Leif Davis during the Sky Bet League One between Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road on July 30, 2022 in Ipswich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Selling Davis to Ipswich Town made sense at the time. He returned to Leeds off the back of an underwhelming loan spell at Bournemouth. The Cherries decided against taking up the option to sign him permanently.

So it was asking a lot to expect Davis to step up at a higher level.

He is now playing in the third tier. So perhaps we cannot read too much into his form. But surely, there is an argument that we would have been better off keeping Davis rather than Firpo.

The 22-year-old already has six assists in League One this season. Only two players in the entire division have provided more.

Davis was someone who played against both Manchester clubs during our first year back in the Premier League. And in truth, he did reasonably well whenever he got a chance for the first-team.

This is not to say that he was the long-term answer. But Firpo looks absolutely bereft of confidence. And it is hard to know when he will get another chance to play.

Of course, this is all with the benefit of hindsight. But when you look at how Davis has got on at Portman Road in conjunction with Firpo’s time at Leeds, you have to wonder if the Whites dropped the ball letting the youngster leave when the club are so weak in his position.

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