Why Leeds United should move for Coventry City starlet Sam McCallum
According to the Coventry Telegraph, Leeds United are keeping close tabs on Coventry City left-back Sam McCallum, who has caught the eye with a string of impressive displays in League One in the opening stages of the ongoing campaign.
The Sky Blues’ blistering start to the League One campaign has sent scouts from several Championship clubs flocking to the St. Andrew’s to monitor some of the club’s brightest emerging prospects and McCallum has earned rave reviews.
The Sky Blues boast of a whole lot of bright young talents in their ranks but it is Sam McCallum who has been identified as a potential target by Leeds United.
Under the guidance of manager Marcelo Bielsa and Director of Football Victor Orta, the Whites have conducted a thorough recruitment drive to bolster their academy and development sides with some top-quality young talent from across the globe and it is hardly a surprise to see the 19-year-old emerge on the club’s radar.
Born in Canterbury, McCallum started his career in the youth ranks of non-league outfit Herne Bay before being snapped up by Coventry City last summer.
The talented teenager soon broke into Mark Robins’ senior side and, despite making only a handful of appearances for the Sky Blues in his debut season, the 19-year-old’s obvious talent and vast potential were there for everybody to witness.
And the dazzling left-back has shown signs of going one step better this term, with McCallum establishing himself in a more substantial role in Coventry City’s first team.
The starlet has featured as a starter in four out of the club’s nine fixtures in League One thus far and he might as well find himself at the bigger club if he manages to keep up his rich vein of form.
The Whites already boast of an envious pool of young talents consisting of Mateusz Bogusz, Rafa Mujica, Will Huffer, Leif Davis, Jamie Shackleton, Jay-Roy Grot, Liam McCarron and Alfie McCalmont, just to name a few, and McCallum might be lucky enough to find a clear pathway to Bielsa’s first-team.
The lack of quality depth at left-back has been a nagging issue at Elland Road under the reign of the Argentinian and Leeds have often been forced to rely on makeshift options like Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas, thanks largely to Barry Douglas’ struggles with injuries.
To that end, though, McCallum is still only 19 and a move to Elland Road is likely to see him further his development with the elite development side.
However, Bielsa has shown in the past that he is not reluctant to field youngsters if they are capable of doing the job and prospect of playing for a club of such stature should definitely appeal to the youngster.
That McCallum has risen to prominence at Coventry City makes it all the more exciting, given the club’s impressive track record of blooding quality young talents.
The Sky Blues have earned millions of pounds from the rise of James Maddison and Callum Wilson in the Premier League with Leicester City and Bournemouth respectively, while another highly-rated prospect Tom Bayliss completed a move to Preston North End this summer.
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All in all, Leeds have every reason to pursue an interest in the teenage left-back and they should not hesitate to enter into negotiations over a potential deal in the future if the youngster continues to excel in the third tier.