‘Bielsa would be proud of that’ – Leeds United fans respect Leif Davis for change at Bournemouth



Leeds United loanee Leif Davis made his first competitive start for Bournemouth on Wednesday night, as they came away with a 2-0 success at Birmingham City.

The 21-year-old was taken off after 69 minutes but impressed the Cherries fans for his performance despite being played out of position.

While he is usually a left-back, Davis was deployed on the right of a front three, with Dominic Solanke through the middle and Jaiden Anthony on the left.

The selection shocked some Leeds supporters who were expecting him to gain some valuable game time in his natural position this season.

Davis has previously made 14 appearances for the Whites and all of them have either come in the centre, or on the left side of defence.

Although Marcelo Bielsa has a reputation of developing players to be versatitle, such as Stuart Dallas who has featured in a number of positions throughout the Argentine’s tenure.

Some people were pleased to see Davis in a different role, whilst others believes it was a “shame” to see him play on the right-wing.

@tommy_lufc : Leif Davis played on the right-wing for Bournemouth tonight, which I think makes him the spiritual successor to Aidy White.

@sportguy1011 : So much respect for him. Did really well with a position not used to.

@Ryan_Sparrow : Played him right-wing for some reason. Didn’t work out too well apparently. Hopefully at full back next.

@melanha : Well played tonight Leif, just slotted in wherever needed!

@RGlovebox : Bournemouth played Leif Davis on the right side of an attacking three. Bielsa would be proud of that move.

@oliafcb : Played decently to be fair, just a shame you got put on the right wing for some odd reason.

The Newcastle-born defender could next be in action this Saturday, as the Cherries host Blackpool in the Championship.

Should Davis continue to start in an attacking role, he will face competition from Junior Stanislas, who was dropped for the game against Blues.

Jordan Zemura has began the campaign at left-back and has impressed thus far, so it could prove to be difficult for Davis to take his place.

However, the Championship is a 46-game season and there’s bound to be plenty of twists and turns, which could mean that he might feature in a whole host positions.

Davis has two years left on his Leeds contract, and although it’s likely he will be allowed to leave on a permanent deal next summer, his versatility could impress Bielsa and he may opt to keep him instead.





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