'Better than Pearce' - Some Leeds fans impressed by Leif Davis debut
Leeds United starlet Leif Davis was thrown into the deep end in yesterday’s game against Aston Villa.
Barry Douglas fell ill during the warm-up, prompting Marcelo Bielsa to give Davis the nod.
In front of a packed house at Villa Park and up against the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Jonathan Kodjia, John McGinn, Tammy Abraham and Anwar El Ghazi, it was never going to be an easy ride.
And after a nervy start against Ivory Coast international Kodjia, Davis soon settled into the game.
The 18-year-old, who joined Leeds from Morecambe in the summer, was making his professional debut.
And many felt that the teenager had a good game considering the circumstances.
Davis made 26 passes (including one key pass), one tackle, two blocks and three clearances, according to Who Scored.
In the absence of Douglas and Tom Pearce, he was given his chance for 78 minutes, before Jamie Shackleton replaced him.
It was far from a complete performance from the Newcastle-born left-back but it was a promising start considering his young age and his lack of notice about starting.
Below are what Leeds fans thought of his display.
18-year-old Leif Davis made NINE ball recoveries on his senior Leeds debut, more than any other player on the pitch.
Should be very proud of his display. Quite remarkable in such a big game. 👊 #LUFC pic.twitter.com/02asMTlNke
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 23, 2018
I wonder if Marcelo had a feeling that Barry wouldn’t be fit & just didn’t want Leif to have too long to get nervous about such a massive game #lufc
— Chris Wheeler (@ChrisHWheeler) December 23, 2018
Feared for the lad, he did brilliantly
Well done young man
— Bielsa's Cheese Wedge Ultras 🧀 🏆 (@Allcheese1) December 23, 2018
£50m worth of Bolaise and Kodija vs young kid 😎
— Liam Scarth (@liamscar83) December 23, 2018
He was immense!
— Dean Woodhead (@DeanWoodhead) December 23, 2018
Leif Davis did well. Cannot be easy coming in to the starting line up with about 10 mins notice for a full debut. Then have a difficult first 5 mins but was very good from then onwards. #lufc #MOT
— Marc F 🏆💙💛 (@billywigwam13) December 23, 2018
Given such short notice, I thought he did excellently against experienced players!
— Leeds43 (@DaCookie_YT) December 23, 2018
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