'I feel like I've done that' - Leeds United midfielder believes he has proved loan point with impressive form

The Whites loanee is having a strong campaign in the Football League.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:51 am

Leeds United midfielder Alfie McCalmont believes he has proved a point with his impressive form while out on loan with Oldham Athletic.

The 21-year-old departed Thorp Arch for the first time last summer to link up with the Latics in League Two on a season-long loan deal.

McCalmont has made 34 appearances since making the temporary switch to Boundary Park this term, scoring nine goals in total.

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Leeds United midfielder Alfie McCalmont in action for Oldham Athletic. Pic: Getty

The Elland Road academy product has turned himself into somewhat of a goalscoring midfielder after bagging his fourth strike in his last seven outings last weekend against Colchester United.

McCalmont made headlines with a free-kick which was inspired by former Leeds set-piece coach Gianni Vio.

Four of his Oldham team-mates jumped around in the area before retreating to where the wall stood as he fired an effort off the inside of the post in the 5-2 win.

“I wasn’t really renowned for scoring a lot of goals,” McCalmont told the Oldham Times.

“Obviously I’ve tried to push a bit further forward and get into goalscoring positions, I’ve got there and put a few in the back of the net. The lads at Leeds are asking how I’m getting all these goals.

“I wanted to come here and prove a point and do well and I feel like I’ve done that. Hopefully that can carry on.”

McCalmont penned a new four-year deal with the Whites before heading out on loan for the first time having been in and around Marcelo Bielsa's senior squad on a regular basis.

A number of last season's Under-23s squad were allowed to depart to gain first team experience away from West Yorkshire, and the midfielder believes he has benefited greatly.

“Going out and playing games is the most important thing at my age,” he added. “Oldham’s a massive club and when the opportunity came I jumped at it.

“It’s been a long season but I’ve learned a lot. I love being here, the training, the lads, every time there’s a game I’m looking forward to it.

“Coming here is one of the best things I’ve done because it’s really helped me kick on and now I can look forward to the future and see what that holds.”