Local Lad Signs New Deal With Leeds To 2023

Newcastle born Leif Davis has signed a new deal with Leeds United. The Wallsend Boys Club product agreed terms to extend his stay at Elland Road until the summer of 2023. His old contract was due to expire in 2021.

Davis, at just 19, is one of Leeds’ most promising young talents. He joined the club in 2018 for a modest fee from Morecambe.

The youngster is an attacking left-back who has also played at center-back under Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa. He has made 9 appearances for Leeds since making his debut against Aston Villa last December.

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley recently spoke about how he wants to make sure Newcastle find and sign the best local talent in the area. After Matty Longstaff made his debut against Manchester United, this is what Charnley said:

“We want to be the best academy in the region. Between nine and 16, it will be an academy with boys predominantly from the local area. There will be exceptions, but, generally, it will be local.

“People say it might be because of this reason (not wanting to spend money) or that, but it’s not. It’s a conscious decision to get local boys because we want local boys to see what’s happened with Paul (Dummett), Sean and Matty, and say that’s who they want to be.

“They’ll know, if they’re good enough and work hard enough, they’ll get an opportunity at their hometown club. That’s what we want.”

We think Newcastle should cast their net a little wider and try to be the best Academy in England. However, it starts with finding and signing the best local lads.

Leif Davis is one of those that Newcastle have missed out on. While he has not yet made a breakthrough as a regular for Leeds, he is certainly headed in the right direction.

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