Leeds United Eyeing A Swoop For This Defensive Sensation: He Would Be A Success In Bielsa’s Setup

The disappointing home run continues for Leeds United as they once again failed to defend a 1-0 lead and conceded late against Derby County to settle for a disappointing stalemate. The squad is bigger and better compared to the previous campaign, yet the club are keeping close tabs on Coventry City sensation Sam McCallum who is making his mark in the Football League.

According to The Coventry Telegraph, the 19-year-old left-back is being tracked by the Leeds United scouts for a while. The persistent injury problems of Barry Douglas has forced Marcelo Bielsa to deploy Ezgjan Alioski as a makeshift fullback, and the addition of the youngster would bring in much-needed depth as well as quality down the left-hand side of the Whites’ four-man backline.

McCallum joined the Sky Blues last summer from non-league outfit Herne Bay. He also had a stint with Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy before being roped in by the League One heavyweights. Despite being rotated alongside Brandon Mason, the Canterbury-born teenager has made five league appearances so far and impressed with his blistering pace, marauding runs and attacking intent using the width of the pitch.

“For the most part there was some decent football played down the left-hand side and I thought Sam McCallum was magnificent when he came on, I was delighted with his contribution. I thought he was outstanding, absolutely outstanding, and then it started to pick up on the left where we got a couple of crosses in.”

Mark Robins, the Coventry chief, hailed his progress before handing him a regular status this term in their battle to gain Championship promotion.

What He Would Bring In At Leeds United

Bielsa has always prioritised young guns who are promising as well as impressive in the training ground and offers versatility on the pitch banking on their adaptability while adjusting to multiple roles. 

McCallum is making strides as a fullback but sees himself in midfield as revealed to The Coventry Telegraph back in November. His flexibility would be welcomed by the famous Argentine who underwent a serious crisis last season amid an array of injury nightmares.

Why It Would Be Massive For The Youngster

The English prodigy almost gave up hope after being released from Gillingham’s youth set-up. He was once struggling in Isthmian League in the eighth tier of English football but is now having a glorious opportunity to earn elite status in West Yorkshire. The Whites are the frontrunners to claim a long-awaited Premier League return and the Sky Blues starlet must keep on working hard to impress Leeds United’s representatives to climb up the division ladder.

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