Noel Whelan has claimed that Rob Holding would bring “undoubted quality” to Leeds United after the club registered their interest in the Arsenal defender.
The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the 24-year-old’s best football is still to come and said that his Premier League experience would be a huge asset.
Holding made just eight appearances in the Premier League last season, as he slowly recovered from an ACL injury suffered in December 2018.
Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that the centre-half was being lined up by Leeds as a potential alternative to Brighton’s Ben White with Arsenal open to selling the defender.
Leeds are starting to push forward with alternatives to Ben White, who enjoyed great success while on loan at Elland Road last season, after Brighton rejected a series of bids from the newly promoted side.
When asked by Football Insider if he would welcome the addition of Holding this summer, Whelan said:
“He is of the right age and Leeds will not sign him if they are worried about an injury.
“He has a lot of Premier League experience and it feels like he has been around forever for a player that is only 24. He has not hit the best stages of his football yet and given a good run in the side you will see a better player, a more consistent player.
“He has been in and out at Arsenal but I would not grumble if he comes through the door at Elland Road.
“The more Premier League experience the better as far as I am concerned. He would add undoubted quality to the side while also giving guidance to the younger players.”
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