Leeds United: Republic of Ireland Under-21 coach hails White

Aidy White.
Aidy White.
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Republic of Ireland Under-21 coach Noel King believes Aidan White has the potential for full international honours after his impressive arrival on the Irish scene.

King said White possessed “all the requirements” for future progression into the Republic’s senior squad, describing the Leeds United defender as a “revelation” on the back of his first goal for the country’s Under-21s.

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White saw his name in lights on Monday night after scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein in Sligo, and he has come to prominence in King’s squad since accepting the invitation to switch his allegiance from England to the Republic of Ireland.

The 20-year-old had previously been capped by England at under-19 level but was invited to represent the Republic’s Under-21s in August, and his goal in Monday’s European qualifier helped to consolidate his place in King’s line-up.

United already have two representatives in the Republic’s full squad – on-loan pair Darren O’Dea and Andy Keogh – and King claimed White’s talent could carry him to a first senior cap in the years ahead.

King told the YEP: “It’s not for me to say whether he will or should play for the senior side – that would be down to the national coach to decide – but he’s definitely got the potential to get there in the future.

“He’s been a revelation in the short time he’s played for us and he’s got all the requirements in terms of ability and talent. So why can’t he do it?

“You’ve seen plenty of players over the years who’ve excelled for the Under-21s and never quite made the next step so nothing’s certain but Aidan’s a player with the desire to move mountains. I see huge potential in him.”