Last night, when Brentford travelled to Elland Road, a lot of the talk was about Pontus Jansson’s return to his former club just months after leaving the Yorkshire club, but in his place, Marcelo Bielsa has recruited Ben White and the Brighton loanee stole the show.
Jansson – played well tonight and carried himself well. When all’s said and done, a very good centre-back. Onwards.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 21, 2019
White was sublime throughout the tie as he saw his new side rise to the top of the Championship on goal difference, making it three wins and a draw from four, and as far as everyone at Leeds is concerned the Brighton man needs to keep doing what he’s doing.
Leeds Live gave the defender a rating of 7/10, and it’s not hard to see why. Looking at his stats for the clash on WhoScored, White made an astounding seven interceptions, five clearances and one block, he also won two aerial duels and ended the game with a pass completion rate of 91.8%, showing he can do it all from the nitty-gritty defensive stuff to the more modern ball-playing centre-back duties.
You can read the Whites’ reaction to Jansson’s return and White’s display here:
Ben White – played well tonight and carried himself well. When all’s said and done, a very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good centre-back. Onwards.
— 1975damo (@1975damo) August 21, 2019
But Ben White is better. Onwards.
— Matt. (@MattJLufc) August 21, 2019
I’ve heard Jansson has Ben White posters on his wall? Any truth in that Phil?
— Woody (@Woody_1919) August 21, 2019
White is the calmest cb I’ve probably ever seen ,no drama ,don’t even know he’s there but he is there doing is job perfectly!
— christo (@ctrlitt) August 21, 2019
Genuinely think Ben White is better. Even after 5 games.
— Niall Branton (@NiallBranton) August 21, 2019
Indeed. His replacement is more than filling his boots, though
— Mark Hollings (@markydh) August 21, 2019
But White is another level right!?! #lufc
— Lee Thompson (@lufcThommo) August 21, 2019
The Whites love Ben White, going off the tweets above, and it looks like they won’t be missing Jansson anytime soon after seeing how strong the loanee has been for them.
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