Neil Warnock praises ex-Leeds target Gavin Whyte

Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City gives his team instructions during the FA Cup Third Round match between Gillingham and Cardiff City at Priestfield Stadium on January 5, 2019 in...

The 23-year-old Cardiff City new boy snubbed a move to Leeds United last summer.

Hat- Trick hero Gavin Whyte of Oxford United collets the ball at the end of the Sky Bet League 1 match between Shrewsbury Town and Oxford United at Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury on Monday...

If Neil Warnock's comments are anything to go by, Leeds United missed out on a star last summer.

The Whites were heavily linked with a move for Gavin Whyte 12 months ago, but the Northern Ireland international, then with Crusaders, ultimately joined Oxford United.

It was a brave but calculated move by Whyte, who told The Belfast Telegraph earlier this summer that he purposely turned down a move to Leeds in the belief that his first-team prospects were better at Oxford.

Fast forward a year and the 23-year-old was spot-on, after a brilliant season in League One last term paved the way for his move to Cardiff City a couple of weeks ago.

 

Speaking to Wales Online, Warnock claims that the winger is already making his mark in training. He said on Friday: "Gavin Whyte has been superb in training, he has been brilliant, so exciting."

It doesn't reflect poorly on Leeds if he goes on to take the Championship by storm, because Director of Football Victor Orta did his best to sign him, only to be denied by the player himself.

But it'll sting Orta nonetheless, especially after Daniel James, who was on the brink of signing for the Elland Road club in January, joined Manchester United.

Leeds have been a touch unlucky on the winger front, so here's to hoping that Helder Costa and Jack Harrison have stand-out seasons which render Whyte and James a distant memory.

Gavin Whyte of Northern Ireland during the international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Israel at Windsor Park on September 11, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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