Many young players move between clubs in order to secure more playing time and Leeds have had their fair share of this.
One player who’s not been able to receive what was expected this season is Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who may have played more games if he’d have stayed at his parent club.
Probably one of the worst loanees Leeds have signed in recent years, CBJ came in the summer with the hope of resurrecting his football career at Leeds. It’s not really worked out for the gangly left back, even though many fans were impressed by his initial efforts. He was one of the better players on view for Leeds in a early round of the EFL Cup.
Unfortunately, when ‘the warrior’ Gaetano Berardi returned from an injury the writing was on the wall for the manu loanee, he played in the next game, his Championship debut for Leeds.
Not much was seen of him from then on, Bera settled into his usual left back position and apart from the EFL Cup game with Burnley when he was substituted during the game in which Leeds secured a penalty shootout win, he barely made the substitutes bench in games after it.
His last and worst display was in last week’s debacle at Newport County, he was substituted basically because he didn’t seem interested at all in the proceedings.
Why has it gone wrong? A lack of application on the training field now seems to have be taken on to the field when he gets the opportunity, this isn’t the first time it’s happened to the player.
Last season he was loaned to Wolverhampton for the season but returned to manu when his opportunities to play reduced after a change of manager at the club, he finished the season in the under 23’s at manu.
In the huge turnover of player’s at clubs, gems do fall through the net and end up being everything that they promised in their younger years.
I’m afraid Mr Borthwick-Jackson needs a long look in the mirror after his loan spell at Leeds will surely be ended due to the signing of another left back Laurens De Bock. You only get somewhere in this game if you are prepared to put in the hours in training and show a good attitude, even if your appearances in the first team are limited.
This the twenty year old needs to learn fast or his career will continue in a downward spiral.
By Keith Ingham