Speaking to Football Insider surrounding former Leeds United man James Milner, Noel Whelan has had his say over the Whites potentially pursuing their former player who has since gone on to win the Champions League with Liverpool and is on the verge of a third individual Premier League title.
Milner made 50 appearances in total at Elland Road before departing for Newcastle United in 2004 at the wake of Leeds’ downfall to the Championship (Transfermarkt). Little did supporters realise, Milner would go on to have an impressive career – winning trophies galore at both Manchester City and Liverpool. The Englishman’s most recent honour, the 2019 Champions League, is arguably the highlight of his career – with the 34-year-old now potentially approaching his twilight years. When asked in The Sportsman whether he would return to his boyhood club back in October 2019, Milner refused to deny the possibility – with fellow ex-Leeds man Whelan begging his former club to re-sign the ex-Aston Villa star.
“You want your home-grown back at your football club,” he told Football Insider. “I am not sure if he would leave Liverpool right now.
“He is one player that Liverpool would want to keep because of the professionalism he has. He stayed home and watched the FA Cup when the young lads were playing instead of going abroad – that is invaluable. For a club to have a professional like that, concentrate on the FA Cup even though he is not playing that is brilliant for the younger lads.
“He looks after his body and he still has the hunger to win. He has got a lot to offer.
“I would love him back at the club at some point. I am not sure whether it would be next season but he would help us, absolutely.”
Indeed, it is hard to argue with Whelan’s assessment, especially if Leeds manage a return to the Premier League. Milner’s top flight experience could be a key asset in helping Marcelo Bielsa’s side retain their top division status should they get there.
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