“I haven’t really thought too far ahead I just want to concentrate on the now.” Those were the words of Cardiff City loanee Gavin Whyte when he was asked by the Hull Daily Mail if he would be willing to make his temporary spell with the Tigers permanent in the long term.
It typifies the attitude that the Northern Irishman has displayed since arriving at the KCOM Stadium back in January this year. He came in with a point to prove and so far he will have won over the majority of the League One side’s fanbase with his performances.
Providing strong competition for the likes of Mallik Wilks and Keane Lewis-Potter on the flanks for a Hull side pushing for promotion is no easy task and for that matter the 25-year-old has taken to it well.
At the time of writing, the former Oxford United wideman has made 11 appearances for the East Yorkshire outfit, with eight of which being starts as he has slowly settled into Grant McCann’s squad.
A return of three goals to his name so far indicates that he is making the right impact for his new side, with his recent star performance against Rochdale – in which he netted a well taken brace in a 2-0 win – underlined the quality that Cardiff felt they were acquiring when they paid Oxford a substantial fee for the winger’s services.
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His stint with the Bluebirds hasn’t worked out to date but he now appears to be at home under McCann on Humberside and would surely be one of the first targets that the club will look at come the end of the season if the objective of promotion is secured at the first attempt over the coming weeks.
Indeed Whyte still has two years remaining on his current deal in Wales, a sticking point which could potentially disrupt a permanent deal being done but given the player’s age and the fact that Mick McCarthy will likely be looking to bring to bring in new recruits during the summer, he could well be deemed surplus to requirements in the Welsh capital.
Any move is likely to depend on if the Tigers go up or not, however with the club currently sitting top of the league standings in their third tier, Whyte and co are in a great position to do just that.