Leeds United’s attempts to bring Ben White to Elland Road do not appear to have gone as smoothly as initially believed.
Football Insider have revealed the Whites had tried to bring the Brighton and Hove Albion defender to the club with a view to signing him permanently.
However, the Premier League outfit rejected that notion and had told Leeds that they would only be interested in loaning out the 21-year-old for the season, to which he would then return to the south coast at the end of the campaign.
Following the departure of Pontus Jansson this summer, White would have, perhaps, had some rather big shoes to fill. However, it appears the 21-year-old has stepped up to the occasion and has been impressing with his performances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Having been a mainstay for the Whites this season so far, he has gone on to make an average of 2.7 tackles, 2.3 interceptions and 2.7 clearances in his three Championship outings so far (WhoScored).
Noel Whelan was singing the versatile defender’s praises following last weekend’s victory against Wigan Athletic – a match that also had fans lauding his performance – as he was impressed with how the youngster managed his game despite being on a yellow card.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, he said: “You look at Ben White, who was on a yellow card, had to tread carefully and be very, very disciplined in his performance, and he managed that.”
Bielsa also recently revealed that Victor Orta has been a long-term admirer of White’s and had tried to sign him a year ago (Leeds Live) and his recent performances appear to suggest the Spanish Director of Football knew what he would be getting from him.
Going based on what White has managed to produce for the Championship outfit already in his short stay, failing to get an obligation to buy clause in the deal could be a blow for Leeds come next summer.
The defender has proven he has exceptional ability and appears as though he could be a really important member of the squad as they look to finally win promotion to the Premier League.
However, a lot can happen between now and the summer transfer window, so, perhaps, the Whites may still have a shot at signing him on a permanent deal in 12 months time – although time will tell.
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