Leeds United loanee’s debut draws Arjen Robben comparison from ex-Liverpool striker

Leif Davis made his first start in a Bournemouth shirt as they secured a 2-0 win at Birmingham City on Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old, who joined the Cherries on a season-long loan from Leeds United earlier this month, played 69 minutes before being replaced by Ben Pearson.

This was the second successive victory for Scott Parker’s side after they beat Nottingham Forest on the weekend, with Davis coming on as a late substitute to maintain their lead.

Predominately a left-back, Davis was deployed on the right-hand side of a front three alongside Dominic Solanke and Jaidon Anthony, who both scored.

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Despite being used ‘out of position’, the Newcastle-born winger managed to create a number of opportunities and was influential throughout the match.

It was a positive and encouraging first start for Davis, who is likely to join the Cherries on a permanent deal in 12 months time when his Leeds contract expires.

Nonetheless, when he took to his Instagram to share his thoughts on the game, it sparked some responses from his fellow professionals.

Bournemouth’s £19m striker Solanke, who has been previous linked with the Whites in the past, wrote: “Love it, Robben”.

Whilst Luke Ayling added, “Go on the boy’”. Cherries midfielder Gavin Kilkenny commented: “What a player.”

England and Whites star Kalvin Phillips also joined in to praise the academy graduate, as he said: “Go on son”.

But with Solanke labelling Davis as ‘Robben’, teammate Jordan Zemuara opted to liken him to another superstar player, this time it was ‘[Gareth] Bale’, in the replies.

These comparisons keep flying in and there’s no doubt Davis is proving to be a popular figure on the South Coast.

This is an excellent chance for Davis to prove himself in senior football, with the likes of Phillips, Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane all having to go out to the Championship to learn their trade.

The second-tier has been a platform for many young talents to progress, as 20 of the 26 members of England’s Euro 2020 squad once featured in that division.

Bournemouth have been tipped by many as one of the favourites to win promotion after they narrowly missed out through the play-offs last season.

It will be interesting to see how Davis gets on, especially in a new position, as he aims to cement regular first-team game time at the Vitality Stadium.

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