Leeds United’s latest recruit, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, reportedly snubbed interest from European giants Ajax to make the loan switch to Elland Road from Manchester United according to ESPN.
The 20 year old was confirmed as a Leeds player on Monday morning, signing on a season long loan, and becomes the clubs eleventh summer arrival. However, according to the report by ESPN Leeds were not the only club interested in signing the talented left-back, who has represented England at various youth levels.
Dutch club Ajax had reportedly held talks with Manchester United, as well as Borthwick-Jackson himself about making the switch to Holland. Despite European football on offer, with Ajax competing in the Europa League this season, the Man United youngster chose to make the trip over the pennines to Elland Road.
After being handed the number three shirt at Leeds for the upcoming campaign, head coach Thomas Christiansen must think highly of the youngster and presumably plans to feature Borthwick-Jackson frequently at his preferred position left back, although he played as a centre half in the past in Manchester United’s under 23 side.
Leeds’ superb display at Bolton on Sunday did have some consequences, with left back Gaetano Berardi sustaining a dislocated shoulder and forced off the pitch on a stretcher during the 3-2 victory. Although Vurnon Anita replaced the Swiss, it is expected that Borthwick-Jackson will fit straight into the side and replace Berardi for Wednesdays League Cup clash against Port Vale; who are managed by former Leeds midfielder Michael Brown.
Borthwick-Jackson becomes the second summer loan addition, with Matthew Pennington signing from Everton earlier on in the transfer window. No more than five loanees are allowed in a matchday squad, so if needs be three more loan signings can still be made and featured in Leeds’ playing squads.