Noel Whelan praises Leeds loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson's start to life Elland Road

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has started his loan spell with Leeds United brightly.

Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds that he has been impressed by what he has seen so far from Cameron Borthwick-Jackson since he joined Leeds on loan, and expressed his surprise that the youngster was substituted in the latter stages of the clash with Preston North End. 

Borthwick-Jackson's arrival came shortly after the curtain-raising win over Bolton Wanderers, and he was quickly thrown into the starting lineup for the Carabao Cup clash with Port Vale.

Manchester United's English defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson prepares to take a throw in during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old...

He kept his place for the goalless draw with Preston. And while it was undoubtedly a frustrating afternoon for the Whites, Borthwick-Jackson appeared to do his best to create the openings the home side desperately craved as he put in a couple of excellent crosses before being taken off. 

And Whelan suggested that he is very happy with the acquisition of the Manchester United youngster, suggesting that he has the quality to make an impact during his time with Leeds, before expressing some surprise after he was taken off against the Lilywhites.

"He defends very well, he competes in the air, he's got a good stature about him, loads of energy," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"He likes to get forward into those final third areas and he's got a great delivery on him, he was one of the few players that did put in some balls from that left-hand side."

"A little bit, yeah," he added, when asked if he was surprised to see the youngster substituted. "I thought they'd have taken Alioski off and put Dallas on."

Borthwick-Jackson certainly had a sizeable void to fill upon his arrival, having been signed in the wake of Charlie Taylor's departure and the injury sustained by Gaetano Berardi - who started at left-back against Bolton on the opening day. 

But the early signs certainly suggest that the 20-year-old has the attributes required to do well at both ends of the pitch during his time at Elland Road.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

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