By Mark Smith

1st Jun, 2020 | 5:00pm

MOT View: Evans praise for reported Leeds target could show starlet only rotation player at ER

The immediate future of Leeds United defender Ben White is set to be resolved in the next week with Brighton set to extend his loan spell.

John Percy of the Telegraph reported that White will be at Elland Road for the remaining nine games of this season.

Should a permanent move not materialise in the summer, Leeds and Victor Orta will need to look elsewhere for a replacement.

The Daily Mail revealed recently that the Whites are interested in Gillingham starlet Jack Tucker alongside the likes of West Ham, Southampton, Norwich, Celtic and Rangers.

An earlier report by The Scottish Sun revealed that the central defender is valued at £1.5million, something which could be seen as a no-brainer in the current market.

There is no doubting that the preference would be to keep White at the club should promotion to the Premier League be secured.

Gillingham boss Steve Evans has come out and claimed that Tucker could play in the Championship tomorrow and that the Premier League will certainly follow that.

“Jack Tucker has stepped up. I said to Paul Raynor that he could play in the Premier League, in time. He’s not ready yet, but he could certainly play in the Championship tomorrow,” he told their official website.

With Leeds on the verge of the Premier League, it appears that they may be looking for bigger targets to partner Liam Cooper at the back.

Should the Whites earn promotion to the Premier League, Evans’ comments suggest that Tucker wouldn’t be ready for that level of competition in his career.

That doesn’t mean that Orta shouldn’t target the youngster. With a number of big clubs circling and a small price tag, Tucker could be the perfect rotation player to add squad depth in West Yorkshire.

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