Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa likes to work with a small squad and whilst it allows for a less muddled style and philosophy, it does sometimes mean he has to throw in under-qualified players into tough situations.
The likes of Aapo Halme, Kun Temenuzhkov and Clarke Oduor all got football last season perhaps before they were ready.
Another player Leeds boss Bielsa has taken a chance with is Leif Davis. However, much like Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke, he looks ready to become a regular feature in the Leeds first-team.
The former Morecambe player put in a fine display off the bench for Leeds at the weekend in the 2-0 win over QPR. It is no wonder Liverpool were considering a £4 million move for the player in the summer, according to the Metro.
His versatility will undoubtedly suit Bielsa’s philosophy. The 19-year-old can play at centre-back, left-back or even as a left-winger and offering so many options to the Argentine will make him even popular with the Leeds United boss.
After the international break, Leeds United are set for games to come thick and fast and the club do not appear to be clamouring for recruitment in January.
Davis, therefore, could end up becoming a regular option for Bielsa. So far, whenever asked to, the 19-year-old has stepped up to the occasion. Hopefully, that will be the case again as the season wears on.