Leeds United defender Leif Davis has completed a move to Bournemouth on an initial loan, but could make it permanent next summer.
Leeds have a host of youngsters vying for first-team experience this season as they continue to impress in the under-23s.
They might not be getting that chance at Elland Road so some of them will be sanctioned moves away for the 2021/22 season.
One of those is promising left-back Leif Davis who has moved to Championship side Bournemouth on a season-long loan.
However, the move does include a view to a permanent deal, should the 21-year-old impress on the South Coast this season.
A surprising transfer, here we take a look at two knock-on effects at Leeds after Davis moved to the Vitality this summer…
New left-back from Celtic?
Leeds will be without a natural left-back in the youth team now that Davis has departed for the Championship, potentially permanently.
The lack of cover at left-back has been an issue for a while for Bielsa, so a long-term successor is once again a must in the transfer market.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay has reported that Leeds are interested in Celtic youngster Matthew Anderson as the 17-year-old continues to make an impression at youth level.
While it doesn’t currently seem like there’s a deal imminent, the departure of a left-back could kick Leeds into gear with a move to sign Anderson.
Dallas back to cover left-back?
Stuart Dallas has made his name under Bielsa being an incredible option literally anywhere he’s been played.
It became surreal to see how well he performed in central midfield in 2021 with outings against the top sides showing his superhuman ability to play everywhere and still put in a five-star showing.
The promotion-winning season saw Dallas play most of his football at left-back and he was scintillating all campaign.
With Junior Firpo there, the starting spot is nailed down. Although, if the new man is to face a spell out of the side, we will now have to rely on Dallas once again at left-back.
It’s not exactly a bad thing, but it may leave us lighter overall if Dallas is deployed between the two positions on his own.