Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn assessed Aidy White’s comeback for the club’s under-21 side with comments reported by the club’s website.
White played for 45 minutes earlier this week in a win against Huddersfield Town, after being out of action all season after picking up a problem during the pre-season period.
Redfearn has suggested surprise at how well White played and how sharp he looked considering he hasn’t had any game time this season, which could create a lack of sharpness regardless of the standard.
“I thought he played with purpose and pace and he went past people,” said Redfearn.
“You wouldn’t have known he’d been out for so long. I thought he played really well.”
“He gives you that pace and drive in wide areas – He’s something different to what we’ve got.”
If Redfearn decides to use White in the first team before the end of the season it would be a surprise considering the lack of game time he’s had and the fact that the first team only have two fixtures left in the Championship.
He could slot in at left-back if needs be or he could be used further forward, with Charlie Taylor slotting back into his more natural position.
Leeds have struggled for natural width at times this season, which White would provide, but it may be a better policy to hold him back and allow him to have a full pre-season ahead of the next campaign.
There will be the very legitimate worry that he could pick up another problem or a reoccurrence of the foot injury if he’s pushed too hard over the rest of the season, but it’s undoubtedly a plus to have him back.