One to Watch #22: Aidan White

Last updated : 26 November 2009 By Dan Buxton

Name: Aidan White

Date of Birth:  10th October 1993

Position: Full back

Club: Leeds

Previous Clubs: None

International Honours:

                                    England U19 1(0)

White came through the academy at Elland Road and made his debut in a League Cup game against Crystal Palace on August 28th 2008 aged just 16 years old.

His performance on debut was so good that he was given a standing ovation by the home support as he was subbed off late on.

The first round of the Johnstone Paints Trophy saw another start for the youngster and he received more praise from the then Leeds manager Gary McAllister after the game.

Just three weeks after his debut for Leeds he was given his third start, and first league start, when he started the 2-0 win over Carlisle.

Despite being just 5 foot 7 tall he has still built a huge reputation and was named as one of 20 English talents to watch by a report published in the Guardian in November 2008.

His potential has been tagged however by injuries and he missed a huge chunk of the season before returning to make his debut, and so far only, appearance for England U19's in a goalless draw with Czech Republic at the Bescot Stadium.

Injuries returned afterwards and he missed this seasons pre-season programme and also the start of the campaign. As soon as White was fit though he was back in the frame and made an appearance in the Johnstone Paints tie against Darlington , setting up a goal for Grella, before playing his first league game since Simon Grayson took over weeks later when he replaced Andy Hughes versus Leyton Orient. The troublesome knee injury is still hampering him as the club try to let it heal itself rather than force the teenager onto the surgeons table.

White signed a deal in November 2008 that tied him to Leeds until the summer of 2012 as Premier League scouts circled the defender.