Ben White “speaks highly of everything at Leeds United”, Graham Potter has told the Brighton and Hove Independent.
The 23-year-old joined Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites on loan in the summer of 2019, and he proved a revelation at Elland Road.
White, who hadn’t made an appearance in English football’s top two divisions prior to his Leeds loan, featured in every one of their Championship games en route to the title.
The Whites were eager to snap him up following their promotion to the Premier League but they were ultimately unsuccessful as White penned a new deal at Brighton.
White has since established himself as a key player for the Seagulls, featuring in 17 of their 18 top-flight fixtures so far.
The talented defender will now face his former loan club for the first time in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash at Elland Road.
Brighton boss Potter pointed out that, while White has told him he’s really fond of his time at Leeds, he won’t be sidetracked by sentiment.
“He can be proud of his time there. He helped them and they helped him. It was a perfect loan,” said Potter.
“He speaks highly of everything at Leeds United and is very respectful of how they helped him and progressed his career because it was a fantastic time for him.
“But he is our player now and I am sure he will want to try to get the points against them.”
White is a young defender of the highest calibre who is assured of a place in Leeds’ history books for his heroics last season, and who has done superbly for Brighton this term, so much so that speculation has emerged linking him with the likes of Liverpool.
While it’s a shame that White didn’t join Leeds permanently, you can understand why Brighton wouldn’t want to simply part ways with a player on their books who turned out to be a star in the making – one of the unfortunate scenarios that can happen when a player is on loan.