Tuesday, September 10, 2013

McDermott to give White an opportunity

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott says he is ready to give Aidy White the opportunity to prove himself.
The versatile player, who has made 100 appearances for Leeds since making his debut as a 16-year-old in 2008, recently turned down a loan move to Barnsley.
The 21-year-old looked set to join our Yorkshire neighbours but turned down the opportunity to fight for his place at Elland Road and McDermott says he is ready to give him his opportunity.
Speaking on the Leeds official website , McDermott said, "I`ve spoken to Aidy and he wants to play left-back. That is his preferred position.
"He played a Development Squad match at left-back last week and he did really well.
"Aidy has been here since he was nine years of age.
"He loves Leeds United, so does his dad and he wants to do well and he wants to give himself every chance at cracking it at Leeds United.
"If that is the case I want to make sure that he gets every opportunity."
White has made just one appearance so far this season for Leeds in the Capital One League Cup tie against Chesterfield.
McDermott played the Republic of Ireland under-21 international on the wing against Chesterfield and whilst he wants to play in the left back position, the club have a luxury of available options at left back.
Stephen Warnock has been the preferred choice in the league this season whilst Adam Drury has started there in the League Cup.
McDermott says the side have made an encouraging start to the season.
Leeds finished the first month of the season with eight points from their opening five games, losing just once in their last game against promotion favourites Queens Park Rangers.
It has been the best start to the championship since their return to the division in 2010 and McDermott, who reached the play-off final before winning the championship title with his previous club Reading, says he wants the team to be in a position at Christmas to kick on in the second half of the season.
Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, McDermott said, "We have made an encouraging start. It has been a solid enough start with eight points from five games - It is actually my best start to a season as a manager.
"We are building to where we need to get to. We want to get as many points on the board as we can before Christmas and then kick on from there."
Leeds have a tricky looking month when they players return from international duty. The whites travel to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday before McDermott returns to his former club Reading for the first time since his sacking in February.
Burnley, who has started the season well, is next up at Elland Road for Leeds before they finish the month with a trip to Millwall.
McDermott says summer signing Noel Hunt wants to do well for Leeds after a slow start to his Elland Road career.
Hunt arrived at Leeds in the summer from McDermott`s former club Reading but he is still looking for his first goal for the club.
He has made just four starts in Leeds seven games so far and he is yet to complete 90 minutes but McDermott is backing Hunt to do well.
Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, McDermott said, "Noel is an honest guy and he is probably being down on himself too much.
"I have seen what Noel has given teams in the past. He wants to do really well for Leeds and he knows himself, especially in the last game against QPR, he didn`t do himself justice. He did really well alongside Luke Varney in the previous game at Ipswich."
The 30-year-old striker was a regular in the Reading side for McDermott during their time together at the Madejski Stadium.
He made 41 appearances for McDermott as they won the championship title in 2012 and he was a regular in the side in the Premier League last season.