Aidy White is still some way off being the finished article, but does he deserve more time at Leeds United?
The 23-year-old wide-man has been out of action since picking up an injury in pre-season, but he finally made his long-awaited comeback in Leeds’ final Championship match of the campaign against Rotherham United.
White featured for the last 19 minutes on Saturday and after the game Redfearn said, “If we can work on his decision-making and show him how to go on in the final third, we can make him a really dangerous player.
“He’s one of ours and he’s come through our academy. He is an ideal candidate to develop.”
The thing is, should he not already be developed given his age and the fact that he has been at Elland Road since he was 11.
Coming through Leeds’ youth ranks, the club’s coaches would have seen what he is good at and what needs work early on, and while players blossom at different rates, what Redfearn’s comments highlight is the fact that at 23, White does not yet fully understand how to use his skill-set.
With 105 matches for Leeds under his belt you would think the penny would have dropped by now, so should Leeds take more time to try to coach White into becoming a more effective player, or should they sign a ready-made option?
After all, there is no doubt that Leeds need additional wide players and there are some great talents out there who know exactly how to use their pace to good effect.
But for a player to still be in-the-making after so many senior appearances and over a decade at the club, well, that raises its own questions.