The nineteen year old left back joined the club in 2018 from league two side Morecambe where he had spent just two years. Before Morecambe he played his football at youth football club Wallsend Boys Club, who are based in North Tyneside and are well known for producing professional footballers. Some of the names include Alan Shearer, Steve Bruce, Michael Carrick and Fraser Forster.
Initially Leif joined up with the under 23’s squad but was soon drafted into the first team picture after impressing Marcelo Bielsa with a number of good performances. Along with playing well for the under 23’s, the first team were also struggling with injuries, particularly in defence. He made his first team debut in our 2–3 away win against Aston Villa as a late replacement for Barry Douglas who was injured in the warm up. He continued to be a regular for the under 23’s and helped them to go and win the PDL as well as making a few sub appearances for the first team. At the end of the 2018/19 season, he was linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool, who viewed him as a long term replacement for Andy Robertson, but thankfully nothing came of this. Leif Davis is a modern day full back who loves to attack, with his pace being one of his key attributes. As you can see from the clip below, he has the ability to get up and down the pitch at real pace. So far in the league this season he has only played fourteen minutes but has managed to create one chance and register one key pass.
His pace is electric but he does have more to him, with his ability on the ball being very good, as the previous stats support. Despite his limited minutes in the league this season, he has a solid 75% pass accuracy and 100% cross accuracy (he has only attempted one cross however). These various stats will change significantly across the season. Without more minutes and with a very little sample size, it is hard to read too much into his stats but they do give us an idea as to the sort of player he is.
He primary position is left back however he can also play at centre back, a position in which Carlos Coberan has played him, normally as part of three man defence rather than a two man defence. He is however, much more comfortable at left back suiting his attacking attributes much more than centre back. Spells at centre back have helped him improve defensively, with him having to make more defensive contributions then he would if he was playing left back. In turn, his reading of the game has improved massively over the course of the time he’s been at Leeds United. Having this versatility will be key going forward in his career, particularly if he’s wanting to break into the first team with Bielsa demanding interchange between positions in game depending on how the opposition play. Playing games will be Leif’s main aim this season, whether that is with the first team or the under 23’s but don’t be surprised if he’s starting at left back come the end of the season. Davis isn’t the finished article, but at nineteen and with a sensible head on his shoulders, there is no reason why he can’t go on to have a very successful career, hopefully at Leeds United.
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