Leeds United have had issues at the back, with many of their centre-backs struggling with injuries during this season. Rob Lee believes that Ben White would have been the ideal signing for the club had they been able to get a deal done for him in the summer.
What Lee had to say about Ben White
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, Lee mentioned White as Leeds continue to struggle with injuries at the back. He said:
“He (White) would have been a very very good signing. Brighton knew that – that’s why they kept him. No disrespect to Brighton, but I think he’s proven now he can play at a top club. He’s playing in midfield, he’s playing centre-half, he’s playing left-back. I think that’s why Leeds wanted him and I think they need a centre-half.”
Ben White could have solved a lot of problems at Leeds
Leeds know the Englishman well as he was a great asset and was key to helping the club get promoted last season during his loan spell at Elland Road. Plenty of members of the Leeds fan base fell in love with the player and some are still desperate for him to sign permanently.
Centre-back Robin Koch is currently recovering from a long term injury, whilst Diego Llorente struggles with injuries too. Liam Cooper has also had his fitness problems this season. Therefore, having someone like White, who could have either started at the back or come in to cover for these injuries, would have been useful for Marcelo Bielsa to have.
White has played 19 Premier League games for Brighton this season, managing on average 1.7 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 1.2 clearances (WhoScored). To be so strong at breaking up opposition attacks at such a young age (23) in the Premier League shows that the Brighton man has the potential to succeed a the top level.
This ability, combined with his versatility, emphasises why Lee makes a great point when he says the player would have been a very good signing for Leeds.
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