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Leeds United: Whelan thinks Leeds were very lucky to get Ben White

Leeds United: Whelan thinks Leeds were very lucky to get Ben White

Ben White is “perfect” for Premier League football, that is according to former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan.

The centre-back is currently on loan at Leeds from Brighton & Hove Albion and has made a solid start to life at Elland Road.

He has been a regular under Marcelo Bielsa, starting 12 games in all competitions so far. His performances have caught the eye of former player Whelan, who believes that he has the potential to go on and play for one of the top four clubs in the country in the future.

Speaking to Football Insider about the centre-back, Whelan said: “I’m not surprised big clubs are looking at Ben White, from what I’ve seen we were very lucky to get him in. Credit to the scouts. We were looking at him for two years before he signed.

“He is perfect for Premier League football. He ticks every single box for the modern centre-back. He’s destined for a top-four club, he’s that good.

“He makes good decisions defensively, he is quick, very capable on the ball. He fits the Liverpool style perfectly as he can play from the back and bring the ball out.

“He is not aerially dominant but I don’t think that matters as much these days, as it’s very rare you are up against a 6ft 4in centre-forward. The physical side of the game is still there, but it’s not as important as it once was.”

It is easy to see where Whelan is coming from, considering White’s outstanding start to the season with Leeds United.

The 22-year-old has been crucial for the West Yorkshire side and is a major reason why they currently have the best defensive record in the Championship with only seven goals conceded so far.

White has helped Leeds keep six clean sheets in all competitions so far, and he is averaging 3.6 clearances, 3.3 interceptions and 2.4 tackles per-match this season (via WhoScored).

If he continues to perform to this level then he is likely to be given a chance in the Premier League next season, potentially by parent club Brighton.

Reports suggest that Liverpool are already looking at the player, so if he continues to impress then a big move could follow.

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Leeds fans, how good has Ben White been for you this season? And do you think he has the potential to play at the very top of English football? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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