Well, this is unsurprising news.
Manchester United loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s loan spell at Leeds United has come to an end, and honestly, this is about two weeks after everyone expected it to end. It was speculated in late December that his exit was coming during the January transfer window. Now with Laurens De Bock joining Leeds from Club Brugge, the club is no longer in need of a left back.
Borthwick-Jackson had a fine reputation as a budding young defender when he arrived at the club with plenty of fanfare. The 20 year-old left back had featured in the first team for Manchester United as an 18 year-old during the 2015-16 season, and was seen as a future star for the Manchester club.
The opportunity at Leeds seemed tailored for the England U20 starlet, as Leeds were in dire need of a left back after Charlie Taylor departed for Burnley in the summer. Instead, Borthwick-Jackson was behind Gaetano Berardi, a right back, Vurnon Anita, a midfielder, and even Stuart Dallas, a right-footed left winger, on the depth chart at Leeds. He made six appearances for the club, most recently in the ugly loss at Newport County in the FA Cup. He appeared in the Carabao Cup four times for Leeds, and only made a single Championship appearance for Leeds, playing 82 minutes in the 0-0 draw at home against Preston back in August.
In addition to his time at Leeds, Borthwick-Jackson’s loan spell at Wolverhampton last season was underwhelming. That deal was cancelled in January of last year, making it two loans in a row that the player has failed to impress at the Championship level. Maybe it will work out for the young English player, but he’s done himself no favours at Leeds to dispel the reputation that maybe, just maybe, he isn’t as good as everyone thinks.