Former Leeds United midfielder Michael Brown believes the club will make a permanent move for Ben White, but they may need Brighton and Hove Albion to be relegated.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are on the verge of gaining promotion to the Premier League after producing consistent form throughout the 2019/2020 campaign.
Sitting top of the Championship table as things stand, one of the club’s key performers this season, White, will return to action on the weekend of June 20 and perhaps play his final games for the club.
On a one-year loan spell from Premier League side Brighton, White has been in superb form, providing Bielsa with a consistent and trusting centre-back option. Indeed, he has averaged three clearances, 2.3 interceptions and 1.7 tackles per game in the Championship (WhoScored).
Having agreed a loan extension of late due to the postponement of fixtures due to the pandemic, the young English defender’s permanent future is now being discussed.
Parent club Brighton will undoubtedly want to keep hold of the 22-year-old, but with their Premier League future hanging in the balance, that desire could come to a grinding halt.
And, former Leeds man Brown believes that if the Seagulls are relegated then his former club will be in pole position to make a move.
“I think the situation with Ben White’s going to be interesting, I think there will be some good interest in him,” Brown told Football Insider.
“That will be one Leeds United will be looking to try and do and see if there’s anything to be done in that. I think if you’re Brighton, it all depends on where you finish in the league.
“That’s obviously going to be key, where Brighton are going to be. The player gets so much of a say in it but if Brighton are still in the Premier League, it could be very difficult.”
White has certainly been an excellent player this season for Leeds and losing him would be a small disaster for Bielsa, who has trusted the youngster from the get go this term.
Should Bielsa fail to secure a permanent move, he will have to find a suitable replacement, but given White’s impact, that could be hard.
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