Sunday, 10 November 2013

White Noise

***Editorial Note- This piece was written on Wednesday the 30th October but it was unpublished due to severe technical issues.

Nigel Clough has seen that we need to strengthen in the left back position. And to his credit he has wasted no time at all going out and bringing someone in, that man is young Aidan White, on loan from Leeds until January. Now on paper its a great bit of business, plenty of experience at this level and the level above, has
played against top league players in the cup without embarrassment along with being. pacey and versatile. But if you scratch beneath the surface it could be viewed as a bit of a gamble. White is seen by some at Leeds as a disruptive influence in the changing room, there have been no real bust ups or major controversies but some staff have said publicly that White can be arrogant and is displeased, almost childlike and bratty when things don't go all his way.  Leeds fans had a mixed opinion of White on the field, whilst pacey and comfortable anywhere up the left side some claim he does not really use his pace or abilities to test defenders when going forward, frustrating many of the fans, even being called lazy on occasion. Others note whilst good going forward with the ball and making runs for a left back he isn't always that comfortable defensively (many will remember making the same statement about a certain Mr Kyle Walker, who despite not being in the first team all that long before moving on to a higher level is a sorely Missed Blade) , this leaving them exposed at times, not tracking back after making runs being they're main concern.  But in all honestly as a Blade I think this is a good signing, despite the players noted faults and his experience (over seventy appearances for Leeds at several levels) and playing in a host of positions including on the right and in the middle of the park, he is only twenty two years of age and still has things to learn, and is able to improve.  I see it as an ideal chance for him to come in and impress his bosses at Leeds and help us win some games in the process, its ideal for all parties, and whilst he may have his critics White is the kind of player (football ability wise) I want to see pull on the Red and White stripes and help us rescue the season. Whether he will make the kind of impact I am hoping for time alone will tell but I remain firmly optimistic.

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