Leeds United enjoyed a comfortable 5-1 win over Tadcaster Albion on Wednesday evening largely thanks to a Ryan Edmondson hat-trick – and Leeds fans have applauded new signing Ben White for his display.
Marcelo Bielsa split his squad down the middle last week, taking 16 players to Australia to take on Manchester United – which resulted in a 4-0 loss – and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.
New signings and international players have remained at Elland Road, including the likes of Gjanni Alioski, Mateusz Klich, Helder Costa and indeed defender White, who joined the club on a season-long loan from Brighton.
A mix of experienced talent and youthful exuberance started against Tadcaster, then, with Klich, Alioski and Costa lining up alongside Robbie Gotts, Leif Davis, Kun Temenuzhkov and Ryan Edmondson.
It was the latter that stole the show. Edmondson scored a super hat-trick to earn Leeds a big win, while Jack Clarke scored an excellent left-footed effort and Gotts also got in on the action with a neat finish off the post.
But White caught the eye again after impressing in the 2-1 win over Guiseley. Many were sceptical when the young defender was signed from Brighton, after only regularly playing as high as League One.
However, White has so far proved the doubters wrong. His excellent long-passing ability has impressed fans, as has his strength in the air and defensive maturity for a player of just 21 years of age. Leeds fans reacted on Twitter.
I know its been against 2 lower leauge sides but this ben white does look great in the air and with the ball at his feet very calm too and the runs from the deffence is just great ! #lufc
— jordan goodaire (@JGoodaire) July 17, 2019
Ben White looks class
— John_Peters18 (@Peters18John) July 17, 2019
Really liking the look of this Ben White kid, so sound on the ball and I agree we still need cover but certainly not worried about the prospect of him starting atm. Also think I’d be interesting to see how well Edmondson would do in the first team? #lufc #leeds
— TheYoungPeacock (@young_peacock) July 17, 2019
Ben White looks very good on the ball and has an eye for a pass.
Personally think we should give him slack #lufc
— Barney ™ (@BarneyStuart21) July 17, 2019
Ben White Young Player Of The Year #lufc remember this tweet
— Armo ☀️? (@Jordan_Armo) July 17, 2019
I'm not saying he's the answer to Jansson or anything, but Ben White is better than Van Dijk. Pass it on #lufc
— Aidan (@LWilsonLUFC) July 17, 2019
Like the look of Ben White so far, my only concern is the level of opposition we've seen him against.
Won't know if he's any good until then. Would of liked to have seen him vs MU today for example. #LUFC
— Dan Drake ?? (@Drakey21587) July 17, 2019
Tadcaster yes and no real barometer but Ben White looks really good, quick and excellent on the ball. #lufc
— Adam (@Hertswhitelufc) July 17, 2019