By Noel Whelan

4th Sep, 2020 | 8:30pm

Exclusive: Pundit wowed by new Leeds link to 'Fantastic' defender: 'He's not hit his peak yet'

Ben Cabango will bring “power and quality” to Leeds United if he were to complete a move from Swansea City, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds forward also labelled the defender a “fantastic player”.

Leeds are in the market for centre back  and are considering both Cabango and Joško Gvardiol, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Leeds are yet to make an approach for Cabango, 20, who they would use as cover for club captain Liam Cooper and new signing Robin Koch.

Asked by Football Insider what he made of Cabango, Whelan said: “He’s a fantastic player, very dominant in the air, strong, quick and only 20 years of age.

“There’s a lot more coming out of this player in the coming years, he’s not even hit his peak yet.

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“If they can strike a deal and get that fine balance between the player and money that he’s going to cost, then he’s definitely one that would add that bit more power and quality to the side.

“We look at the under 23s but we need a bit more experience I believe.”

Cabango earned his first Wales cap in their 1-0 win over Finland on Thursday after replacing Daniel James in stoppage time.

The Swansea academy graduate broke into the first-team last season starting 19 Championship games for the Swans as they reached the play-offs.

He featured in both of their play-off semi final games against Brentford as Swansea lost 3-2 on aggregate.

The 20-year-old gained further first-team experience on loan at Welsh Premier League side The New Saints in 2018 where he received five yellow cards and one red card in his five games.

In other Leeds United news, Alan Hutton has said he would love to have played alongside a player the whites have just missed out on.