Leeds United target Gavin Whyte certainly had a night to remember yesterday. At the NI Football Award show in Belfast yesterday, the 22-year-old was handed the honour of winning both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards for his form with Crusaders.
Whyte scored 21 league goals from the wing for his side this season, helping them win the NIFL Premiership title in the process.
As reported by the Belfast Telegraph, Whyte is on Leeds radar for the summer. In fact, today, they suggest a deal is essentially done by stating Whyte ‘ is set to join Dallas at Elland Road and will aim to follow in his footsteps by establishing himself as a senior Northern Ireland star.’
Indeed he is already following in the footsteps of Leeds winger Stuart Dallas. He was the last man to win both Player and Young Player of the year in Northern Ireland, also whilst playing for Crusaders.
Speaking to the paper last night, Whyte had this to say regarding Dallas and his plans for the future:
“I’m very proud to win both the Player of the Year and Young Player prizes. It means a lot to me.
“Stuart Dallas was the last player to do it and I see him as an inspiration because he was superb at Crusaders and did really well at Brentford before getting a big move to Leeds. I’ve always wanted to play in England or Scotland. That would be a dream for me.”
One thing that becomes immediately clear from reading Whyte’s comments is just how easy it would be to tempt him into a Leeds United move. For the 22-year-old it would represent a massive opportunity and one he would struggle to pass up.
The presence of Dallas is also clearly a bonus for the Whites in their pursuit of the Crusaders star. He clearly idolises the Northern Ireland international. The chance to work with him day-in and day-out would clearly be too big an opportunity for him to pass up.
Leeds have a chance to bring in a very talented young man, albeit one with no experience of English football.
But if the price is right, they should not be afraid to roll the dice on the talented Ulsterman this summer.