Young left-sided defender Leif Davis has become the latest player to commit his future to Leeds United. Davis has signed a three-and-a-half year deal until the summer of 2023.
The defender broke a Leeds United record with his substitute appearance in the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers by becoming the first player to finishing on the winning side in each of his first seven appearances. His first appearance coming from the start in the tremendous 3-2 win over Aston Villa in December 2018, after Barry Douglas got ill before kick-off.
Leif Davis today becomes the first player in Leeds United’s history to end on the winning side in his first seven league appearances. That’s very good Davis. #lufc— Jonny Cooper (@JRCooper26) November 9, 2019
The young defender was signed from Morecambe for an undisclosed fee despite never making a first-team appearance for the Shrimps. His form in the title winning u23 side caught the attention of both fans and Marcelo Bielsa leading to him receiving praise from the former Argentina and Chile coach who called him a “very good player”.
Davis was also full of praise for his coach, telling the club’s website: “I’ve progressed massively, with Marcelo Bielsa he has brought my attack and defensive play on really well and I think I’ve come a long way which I’m really pleased with.
✍️ #LUFC are pleased to announce Leif Davis has today signed a new contract with the club— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 11, 2019
“It’s been good to get minutes, I need to keep progressing week in week out and hopefully I can go on to get a left-back or centre-back spot.
“I’m still 19 and I’m still learning, but obviously it’s good to have probably the best manager in the world with you at the start of your career.
“Hopefully it will be a long career, with him progressing me and resulting in me knowing what I’m going to have to do for the rest of my career.
Leif Davis much deserving of a new deal and a player capable of becoming a regular in the months to come.— James Marshment (@marshyleeds) November 11, 2019
Fair to say our academy has done sterling work over the years and, even though he arrived from Morecambe, shows just how well the next gen are being nurtured. #verygoodDavis
Davis is the latest in a long line of players to sign new deals since the summer following on from Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich and Kalvin Phillips. Hopefully Davis can push on, because he has looked capable of stepping up to first team level whenever he has been called upon.