Bournemouth manager Scott Parker was full of praise for Leif Davis following the Leeds United loanee’s debut on Saturday afternoon.
The young left-back only came on with 10 minutes of the match remaining against Nottingham Forest but helped his new side to a vital victory.
A knock that he picked up in the build-up to the new Championship season kept him out of the starting XI for the first couple of games but he was cleared fit to be named amongst the substitutes at the City Ground.
The former Fulham boss hailed Davis’ impact from the bench as he played an important role in defending the Cherries’ 2-1 lead after David Brooks had been sent off.
“Leif’s trained fully, one day,” Parker told the Bournemouth Echo. “He’s had three or four days with the fitness guys in terms of modified sessions.
“It was a big dilemma for me yesterday (on Friday) whether to bring him in and put him on the bench and if need be, 10 minutes. That’s what I was thinking. Then the game pans out like that. He showed he was brilliant coming on there.”
Despite Davis currently being on loan at Bournemouth, his deal includes an option to buy clause which Parker may be interested in triggering if he continues to impress on the South coast.
After a promising start to his Leeds career, the 21-year-old quickly found himself falling down the pecking order at Elland Road and made the move this summer in search of regular first-team involvement.
It was a transfer that baffled Whites supporters because of the lack of cover for new boy Junior Firpo on the left-hand side of the defence.
The departure of Ezgjan Alioski has left Marcelo Bielsa with just one senior left-back and the lack of options was highlighted by Stuart Dallas starting there against Manchester United in the opening game of the season.