Leeds will struggle to keep hold of Ben White next summer amidst Liverpool interest

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Leeds will struggle to keep hold of Ben White next summer amidst Liverpool interest

Post by YorkshireSquare » Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:44 pm



The loss of Pontus Jansson this summer was a big deal for Leeds United fans, but Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa knew what they were doing. Ben White had already been brought in as his replacement, a player who Orta had been tracking since he spotted him when Leeds played Newport in the FA Cup two years ago. Composed on the ball, plays it out from the back, as robust a centre half you'll find, he if perfect to play in Marcelo Bielsa's system. Despite this there were concerns that White had only played League One and Two football before, concerns quickly alleviated by White as he put in great performance after great performance. The best centre half at the club since Radebe and Ferdinand? His performances certainly justify the claim.

Brighton have been so impressed with his performances and are “staggered” by his development under Marcelo Bielsa. So much so that the Seagulls now value White at more than £20million and are looking forward to welcoming him into their senior squad when his loan spell finishes. But they are not the only ones impressed by the young defenders progress. Liverpool scouts have been “blown away” by his development and are now considering him as a potential replacement for Dejan Lovren who was strongly linked with a move away from Anfield over the summer.




Leeds fans should not be unduly concerned though, although White has a recall clause in his loan contract we should not expect him to depart in January. Speaking to the Talking Shutt podcast, Angus Kinnear explained the details of recall clauses in both Ben White and Eddie Nketiah contracts...

It's fairly standard in these contracts to have January recalls but the decision is based on how well the loan's going so if the players are playing, and they're playing well, and they're enjoying their football and they're developing, which I think we can evidence in both Ben and Eddie's case, then you'd be fairly confident that they recall wouldn't be activated by the parent club.

With Brighton so impressed by Ben White’s progress they will be keen for him to continue his development under Marcelo Bielsa and return to the Amex next summer a much-improved player with a serious price tag on his head. Brighton certainly see White as a player with the pedigree and potential to thrive in the Premier League and on the evidence seen so far this season he can definitely make the step up. Brighton paid £22 million for Adam Webster this summer, hence White being surplus to requirements, but he would certainly be pushing for a first team place next season based on his current performances.

Leeds failed to negotiate a loan to buy clause in White’s loan deal, despite trying, but may have hoped to negotiate a deal next summer if promotion was achieved. With Brighton so impressed with Whites development and Premiership big boys such as Liverpool sniffing round it will be very difficult for Leeds to keep hold of White next season.
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Re: Leeds will struggle to keep hold of Ben White next summer amidst Liverpool interest

Post by faaip » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:02 pm

I'm not going to worry about who starts for us next season, we go up we'll be in play, we don't he won't come back in all probability..
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Re: Leeds will struggle to keep hold of Ben White next summer amidst Liverpool interest

Post by Irish Ian » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:17 pm

Good players will always end up at the top teams and if Liverpool come calling he would be a mug to turn them down.

I am just happy we have his services now.
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Re: Leeds will struggle to keep hold of Ben White next summer amidst Liverpool interest

Post by Ratscoot » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:27 am

Absolute quality player, just love the way he’s so calm and in control and he really suits Bielsa Ball, I’m not surprised after his performances already this season that Prem teams are sitting up and taking notice.

I’d love for us to keep hold of him but if he continues as is I can’t see us keeping him especially if the likes of Pool or City come knocking shame we don’t get a kick back after all it was us that put him in the spotlight
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Re: Leeds will struggle to keep hold of Ben White next summer amidst Liverpool interest

Post by weasel » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:45 am

Regardless of whether we go up or not the ball is not in our court. He has a long contract at Brighton and they don't need to sell. Obviously promotion will help us in trying to get him, especially with him playing every match and presumably developing under Bielsa, so you would presume he would be happy to come back to us again, albeit it would have to be on a permanent deal. Would he wan't to go to another club, such as Liverpool, or even stay at Brighton if he wasn't guaranteed a starting position? Ultimately though no point worrying about it, let's get promoted and then cross our fingers.
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