Leeds United’s Aidy White returned to action after a foot injury suffered in pre-season, as he played for 45 minutes for the club’s under-21 side in a 4-1 win against Huddersfield.
Leeds boss Neil Redfearn told the club’s website that he was pleased to see White back in action, impressed by his initial impact after such a long spell out of the side.
“It was good to see Aidy White back. I thought he played with purpose and pace and went past people,” he said.
The main aim for the club and the player is now going to be keeping fit and injury free over the rest of the season, because it could be a big mental setback for the player if he’s further delayed by another problem before the end of the season.
Redfearn is in a difficult position because on the one hand, he’ll want to get White back into the first team mix but on the other hand, the club’s season is effectively over with nothing to play for and there’s little point in taking any risks.
Redfearn also has to work hard to keep him grounded and realistic in terms of his return, because it’s understandable to see how he could get carried away, despite having only played for 45 minutes on his comeback.
White has the potential to add real balance and natural shape to Leeds down one side, which gives the manager another option to Charlie Taylor, who has been impressive since he was thrown into the team earlier in the season.
White is a versatile player who can play two different roles down the left hand side of the team and it will now be interesting to see if Redfearn uses him in the Championship before the end of the season, or chooses to focus on his return for pre-season and the next campaign.
Here’s what Leeds fans had to say about his return to action.
Aidy White starts for under 21s! Hopefully his return will be soon, top player!— Matthew Smailes (@matty_smailes_8) April 20, 2015
Would like to see Aidy White still have a future at the club under the leadership of Redders. Key to get a clean pre season in his system !— Jon Meeney (@JonMeano8) April 20, 2015
aidy white, tears in my god damn eyes. Welcome back brother #LUFC— Fergal (@FergalMcP1) April 20, 2015
Aidy White is washhhhhhhed, give it up guys— Team Redfearn (@adrydan_) April 20, 2015