Leeds United have ended Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s disappointing stay at Elland Road by cutting short his loan and sending the defender back to Manchester United.
Leeds cancelled the 20-year-old’s season-long deal four months early this afternoon, calling time on his stay after one league appearance and a handful of cup outings.
Borthwick-Jackson failed to make any impact as form and injuries limited his involvement and his outing in a goalless draw with Preston North End in August was his only appearance in the Championship.
Leeds were widely expected to terminate his loan and move Borthwick-Jackson off the wage bill this month and the left-back's departure could help to free up space for more signings in the January window.
Head coach Thomas Christiansen gave Borthwick-Jackson a final chance to impress in United FA Cup tie at Newport County 10 days ago but a below-par performance in a third-round defeat spelled the end of the youngster’s time at Elland Road.
His chances were limited further by United paying £1.5m to Club Brugge for former Belgium Under-21 international Laurens De Bock last week. De Bock is expected to make his Leeds debut in this weekend’s clash with Millwall.
United’s decision is the second time in two season that Borthwick-Jackson has been sent back to Old Trafford ahead of schedule by a Championship club.
Wolverhampton Wanderers cancelled his year-long loan at Molineux last January after Borthwick-Jackson played just seven times in the first half of the term.