Leeds United rising star eyeing progress after stunning campaign out on loan

Leeds United midfielder Alfie McCalmont is hoping he can keep improving after a stunning campaign away from Elland Road.

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 29th May 2021, 4:45 pm
Leeds United loanee Alfie McCalmont (L) in action against Colchester. Pic: Getty
Leeds United loanee Alfie McCalmont (L) in action against Colchester. Pic: Getty

The Thorp Arch academy product made 36 appearances in League Two with Oldham Athletic across the 2020/21 campaign.

McCalmont found success at Boundary Park amid his first full season of senior football, scoring eight goals and bagging six assists.

“I’ve just got to keep progressing,” McCalmont said.

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“That’s what my aim is at the start of every season. I added goals to my game this season and hopefully I can keep doing that.

“I wasn’t really renowned for scoring a lot of goals before but this year it has happened so hopefully that continues.”

The YEP understands it’s very possible there could be permanent moves away from Leeds this summer among the Whites group who went out on loan, if the right fee and a substantial sell-on clause are put on the table by an interested party.

Jordan Stevens, Ryan Edmondson, Bryce Hosannah, Mateusz Bogusz and Robbie Gotts all tasted first-team football in the men’s game along with McCalmont, with varying degrees of success.

McCalmont has now earned a call-up into the senior Northern Ireland ranks after a stellar campaign in the Football League.

He is part of Ian Baraclough's 25-man squad - along with Leeds utility man Stuart Dallas - that blends youth and experience ahead of a summer friendly double header with Malta and Ukraine.

“It’s positive for all of us,” McCalmont added. “Obviously there are a lot of younger lads on this trip.

“The fact we’ve been given the chance to be part of the squad shows that we’ve got to repay the boss for the faith he’s shown in us by putting in good performances.

“My aim is to get some more game time. I’m concentrating on training well to give myself the best chance to be involved. If I do get the chance I’ve just got to get out there and show what I can do.”