Leeds United were the bridesmaids last year in their exciting charge towards promotion, falling at the penultimate hurdle due to a Derby County smash-n-grab at Elland Road.
This current campaign is but 11 games old and in this span of 11 games Whites fans have seen glimpses of the Jekyll and Hyde nature of Leeds United. From a barnstorming destruction of Stoke City to an excellent display against West Brom and a tepid folding against Charlton, Whites fans have seen the whole gamut.
Yet, there have been some very bright of bright spots across the campaign thus far, with the form of Ben White and promise of Eddie Nketiah prime amongst said bright spots. Both youngsters are on loan at Elland Road from Brighton and Arsenal respectively, the temporary deals lasting across the whole of the 2019/20 campaign.
With Leeds United doing relatively well, and with White and Nketiah more than playing their parts, there is a palpable concern that this could lead to early recalls from their parent clubs once the transfer window opens again in January.
It was on the subject of this potential recall that club supremo, Angus Kinnear, commented on when speaking to dedicated Leeds United podcast ‘Talking Shutt’ (above). Kinnear told listeners that, whilst their loan deals did have January recall clauses, there was no need to worry.
Reassuringly he said, in words carried by Leeds Live: “It’s fairly standard in these contracts to have January recalls but the decision is based on how well the loan’s going so if the players are playing, and they’re playing well, and they’re enjoying their football and they’re developing, which I think we can evidence in both Ben and Eddie’s case, then you’d be fairly confident that they recall wouldn’t be activated by the parent club.”
Whilst those words may soothe a few jangling nerves amongst Leeds United fans, there could be added jangling to come regarding Ben White. Reports emerged today that Premier League big guns Liverpool are tracking the Brighton and Hove Albion youngster with a view to a £20 million January transfer pounce.