Leif Davis‘s former coach says Sheffield Wednesday refused to take a look at the Leeds United left-back.
Davis recently signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract at Leeds, who picked him up from Morecambe’s reserves in July 2018.
A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the teenager was previously on the books of the esteemed Wallsend Boys Club, whose alumni includes Steve Bruce, Alan Shearer and Michael Carrick.
But Davis was overlooked by both of the region’s heavyweight clubs, Newcastle and Sunderland, as well as Wednesday – to whom he was recommended by the former Owls scout, Andrew Ferguson.
And speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Ferguson claimed the trio may have missed out on a future England or Wales international.
I was working for Wednesday as a youth-team and first-team scout and I went down there to try and get them to take him,” said Ferguson, a Wallsend Boys Club coach. “But they had a boy called Fraser Preston who they deemed better. They wouldn’t take a look at Leif.
If I could put a bet on that he’d play for England, or Wales – I think he has links on his mum’s side – I would.
“He will get international caps.
Davis has appeared on 10 occasions for Leeds – having been promoted by the renowned Whites coach, Marcelo Bielsa – six times more than Preston has for Sheffield Wednesday.
Preston has yet to feature at first-team level since he signed a new one-year contract at Hillsborough ahead of the new campaign.