According to news reported by Sky Sports, Leeds United are planning to snap up a deal for Crusaders’ starlet, Gavin Whyte. Although the Belfast based club are yet to receive a formal request for the youngster, Heckingbottom’s side will be keen on including some talented packages in summer.
The Peacocks have witnessed a comfortless season thus far, and will surely be seeking the right reinforcements. A lot of chopping and changing is due at Elland Road, which should happen in the summer transfer window. Reportedly, 10 other clubs have sent scouts to observe the winger. This only implies that he will be in demand. Apparently, he was also called by the Toffees and Celtic to undergo a trial, back in 2016.
More on the player –
Whyte began his career with Crusaders in 2013, as a teenager. In 110 appearances for the Crues, he has scored 26 goals. More importantly, he has guided his side to three NIFL Premiership titles in the space of four years. Quite remarkable.
The wily winger was recently named as the Ulster’s footballer of the year, upon scoring a mammoth 21 league goals this season. He has also been capped five times by the U-21 setup of Northern Ireland. Another proud honour of his includes the Northern Ireland Writers Association Young Player of the Year 2015-16.
At the moment, he is a part of a prolific partnership between himself, Owens and Paul Heatley. Whyte is a lively man to have as he works tirelessly, attempts many dribbles and boasts a fine cutting edge. His runs into the right places inside the 18-yard box are noteworthy, which reflects on his goalscoring record. The forward has good vision too, along with long-range shooting ability.
Worth the fuss?
Going by the exigency expressed by a variety of clubs, it certainly looks as though this bloke is a man for the future. Rightly so, the 22-year-old will only grow from strength to strength in the years to follow.
Having already tasted so much success in his short career, Whyte will undoubtedly bring the urgency, hunger and drive to capture the Playoffs berth, thanks to his winning mentality. He can be a good back up or replacement for left winger Pablo Hernandez, who is now 33 years of age.
Also to add, the tussle and heat of the Championship will only mature him as a player. Therefore, Leeds United must sign this surprise package.