Leeds United confirmed a loan-to-buy agreement with Bournemouth for young defender Leif Davis, and he might not be the only one to do so.
Leeds have a host of youngsters in their ranks that are in need of senior exposure this season after excelling at youth level.
Whether or not they make a name for themselves in the Leeds squad long-term remains to be seen, but allowing them a chance to go out on loan for a season is a great opportunity to get up and running in their careers.
The latest is left-back Leif Davis, who has signed for Bournemouth in the Championship on a season-long loan.
However, his transfer includes an option to buy at the end of the loan following the 2021/22 season.
He’s not the only player that we expect to go for the same sort of loan agreement this summer with plenty of players after first team experience in the coming season.
Here, we take a look at three other players who could make the same move as Davis…
The first that should definitely secure a loan this summer is midfielder Robbie Gotts, who spent last season at two different clubs with varied results.
After struggling at League One promotion-hopefuls Lincoln City, Gotts cut it short and went to League Two Salford City and shone in the process.
With 2021/22 around the corner, he’s shown his credentials to potentially join Alfie McCalmont in a League One loan.
Gotts turns 22 in November and he’s in a position that is full of young talent that would be challenging him for a place in the senior setup, including impressive new arrival Lewis Bate.
A move away could see him start fresh and manage to nail down a starting berth elsewhere and work his way up the ladder.
Stevens suffered a similar fate to Gotts in his first loan spell last season, with upheaval at Swindon Town meaning he failed to make any impression after a lightning start to his 2020/21 loan.
He spent the second half of the season at Bradford City and still struggled to make a lasting impression.
A trial at Harrogate Town in the last week or so proved unsuccessful as the Yorkshire club opted out of signing him, but it shows there’s interest there for the winger.
Stevens is another that would almost need a miracle to force his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s plans and a loan-to-buy gives both him and the club chance to assess his long-term future.
The last name on the list is forward Bobby Kamwa, who has been a prominent fixture of the under-23s for a decent stretch now.
He managed two goals and one assist in the 2020/21 PL2 campaign as Leeds finished top of the pile and clinched promotion to Division One.
He, like Stevens, also underwent a trial recently as he turned out for Rotherham United, facing Stevens in a friendly this week.
The same fate befell Kamwa though as he was not signed by the Millers after playing for 66 minutes in their fixture with Harrogate.
It’s a development that shouldn’t knock his confidence though because it shows other clubs that he’s available and open to a move, which there’ll be a number of clubs interested you’d imagine.