The 22-year-old has hinted (via Sky Sports) that he would be open to playing at Elland Road again next term, while Football Insider claimed that Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester have all shown an interest in signing the centre-back.
However, Sussex Live journalist Tom Coleman is confident that White will view the examples of other youngsters breaking into the Brighton first team as a sign that he can do likewise. He said: “Brighton are under absolutely no pressure to sell this summer, and keeping hold of White in the current climate is certainly a strong possibility.
“Albion do seem very well stocked with central defenders, meaning White may have to wait for his chance to shine, but that’s a challenge he may well relish, particularly under Potter.
“Having seen the likes of Tariq Lamptey, Yves Bissouma and Aaron Connolly thrive under the Albion boss, whose track record in developing young players is well-documented, White may well see staying on the south coast as the perfect environment to further his development.”
Coleman’s argument for the case towards White staying at Brighton is a well-reasoned one. As he has said, Graham Potter has blooded several young players into the Seagulls’ first team during his time in charge, including Lamptey, Connolly and Alexis Mac Allister.
Therefore, White could be incentivised to stay put at the Amex Stadium knowing that he has a discernible chance of following suit. Also, he will return to his parent club buoyed by playing regularly at Leeds, where he has excelled with match averages of 2.8 successful aerial duels, 1.7 successful tackles, 2.4 interceptions and 55.6 passes, with a passing success rate of 84.9%. [via WhoScored]
Coleman also cast doubt on the 22-year-old going back to Leeds or moving to Liverpool, claiming that the defender has “previously been non-committal” about another season at Elland Road and maintaining that he could struggle for regular game-time at Anfield.
He added that the Merseyside club may be reluctant to spend big on White, who reportedly is valued at £35m by Brighton (as per Football Insider), with Klopp indicating that the Premier League champions’ spending could be modest this summer due to income restraints from the recent pandemic.
Will Ben White be a Brighton player next season?
The youngster could have a tough task on his hands breaking up Potter’s preferred centre-back pairing of Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster, with Shane Duffy also in the mix, although his strong performances this season should give him a very strong chance of being selected if he stays at Brighton next season.
Coleman’s assessment of White’s immediate future seems a sound one and, judging by the defender’s performances this term and the level of transfer interest he is reportedly attracting, the Amex Stadium faithful should be very pleased if the 22-year-old commits to his parent club for the 2020/21 campaign.
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