By Alex Stevens
Billy Whitehouse has joined non-league side Guiseley on a three-month loan from Leeds – and supporters are mystified by the move.
The Conference Premier side revealed on their official website on Wednesday that the 20-year-old has completed a move from the Yorkshire giants.
The versatile youngster, who can play on the right wing or at full-back, claimed his aim was to graduate to the senior Leeds squad when he joined from Doncaster in early August.
But Whitehouse, who has been with the Leeds development squad since moving to Elland Road, has dropped out of the Football League in search of a regular football.
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to react to the recent signing’s move, with some expressing their surprise at an apparent downwards transfer.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Billy WhiteHouse has signed for Guiesley on loan until Jan, what a weird signing #lufc
— Ryan Pinnick (@RPlufc93) September 21, 2016
LUFC Whitehouse Joins Guiseley On Loan 301
— this is leeds united (@thisisleedsutd) September 21, 2016
— Latest News HQ (@Latest_News_Mr) September 21, 2016
Others don’t even remember the club signing the youngster during the summer.
— Pete Holmes (@petepjh) September 21, 2016
I don’t ever remember getting Billy Whitehouse?
— Beth (@BF_lufc) September 21, 2016
Leeds staff spoke highly of Whitehouse when he signed from Doncaster last month.
“Billy creates chances and his work ethic is good. He is an example for the younger lads in the group,” said Leeds Under-23s coach Jason Blunt, as quoted by the Telegraph and Argus.
“It is not just about technically how good you are – it is about desire, attitude in and around the training ground, manners, the whole package and Billy has it.”
Garry Monk is building a young, strong crop of players in his first season in charge at the Championship club.
Eleven senior players were recruited in the summer, with all aged 27 or under bar Rob Green, 36, and Pablo Hernandez, 31.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites have made an approach for Nottingham Forest centre-back Jack Hobbs.