Davis Targets Hat-Trick Promotion
Monday, August 15, 2022 9:45 a.m.
New Town boy Leif Davis is hoping to make it a promotions hat-trick in his short career by playing his part in the return of Championship football to the club next season.
Left-back Davis, who has also played in the center of defence, did so for former club Leeds for the first time in the 2019/20 campaign. Despite only making three league appearances at the second tier, he contributed nine points towards the season-ending tally that took the Yorkshire club back to the Premier League.
And he did it again last season when he was loaned out to Bournemouth, playing 15 games in all competitions as the Cherries climbed back into the top flight after being relegated the previous year.
Davis, 22, made his Premier League debut for Leeds in October 2020, coming off the bench in the 77th minute of a 1-1 home draw with Manchester City, and he added a second appearance two months later , again as a substitute, as Manchester United beat their side 6-2 at Old Trafford.
He would like nothing more than to score the treble with Town this season and after picking up his second win bonus as a Blue this weekend, following the convincing 3-0 win at home to MK Dons, he is more convinced. than ever that he made the right decision to drop two levels in the Premier League to revive his career.
Davis said: “When I heard about the interest from this great club I thought it was a bit of a no-brainer actually. After speaking to my agent and meeting the manager I was very happy to close the deal.
“I wanted to come here straight away, but I had a little injury and Leeds said they were taking me for their pre-season tour of Australia, which kind of messed things up a bit.
“It meant I had to wait until we got back to the UK for things to pick up again and when everything was sorted out I was delighted. I had a full pre-season with Leeds and played a few games, but only 45 minutes here and there. Now that I’m at Ipswich, I want to have 90 minutes under my belt in every game I play.
“Going to Bournemouth on loan last season was a really positive experience for me. I had two years playing for Leeds before going there so I helped with two promotions which is a feeling. I hope I will do three this season with Ipswich.
Davis had an unhappy start to life with Town when he conceded a first-half penalty that saw Bolton take the lead in the sides 1-1 draw at Portman Road on the opening day of the current campaign.
He added: “It was one of those occasions, to be fair, where you just have to raise your hand and admit what you’ve done. There’s nothing you can do about it, but the way you react is what matters most and I think I managed to react positively when we got back into the game and even should have won to win.
“To be honest, I think I was still suffering from a bit of jet lag and it took me a while to get my bearings. I didn’t feel well, really tired, but that’s in the past and I feel much better now.
“In situations like that, when I’ve conceded the penalty, you can’t go back and you have to look forward. It’s a bit of a test of character and you just have to put your head down and to continue.
Davis has started all three of Town’s league games this season and, reflecting on Saturday’s win, he said: “It was amazing and showed what a good team we are when we play with the ball and we had a good week in training.
“It was also against good opposition who finished high in the league last year and our target now is to continue in the same vein at Burton tomorrow and hopefully make it a long winning streak.
“I come from Leeds, where we used to play in front of big crowds, and it’s exactly the same here. The fans are absolutely amazing in the way they support the team and always push us. We were up 3-0 on Saturday and they always wanted more, which is great because it helps us train in games.
“The fans have a big part to play and I would say they are like a 12th man for us. The players love it when the fans come out in big numbers and make a lot of noise because it makes Portman Road a tough place for players to play. opposing teams. They know they won’t have an easy game when they come here because we have tremendous support.
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