Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has admitted that Leeds United on-loan defender Ben White has left him “so impressed” this season.
The 22-year-old joined the Whites on loan from Brighton in the summer, and at the time it appeared somewhat of a gamble as he hadn’t made a single appearance in English football’s top two divisions.
However, White has taken to life in the Championship flawlessly, playing every minute of every league game for Leeds this term, as well as featuring in the FA Cup against Arsenal and in the Whites’ two League Cup clashes.
The young centre-back’s contributions have been essential in helping the Elland Road side go top of the table ahead of the football suspension, edging them to the brink of promotion to the Premier League.
Goodman named White in his Championship Team of the Season, writing on Sky Sports: “The two centre-backs will be Ben White, who I have been so impressed with at Leeds with his work on the ball and his passing, and Semi Ajayi, who has a brilliant return of five goals, and brings a vital amount of athleticism to West Brom.”
White has been so impressive for Leeds this season that every pundit named him in their XIs, and should the 2019-20 season be seen out, he will surely help the Whites over the line and into the Premier League.
On the flip side, the 6ft ace has been doing so well that the Whites will face some incredibly tough competition should they wish to buy him, with Liverpool reportedly scouting him at “almost every single game” and being wanted by “the big teams” (Sky Sports EFL podcast).
Nonetheless, whether he stays beyond the end of the season or goes, back to Brighton or to another club, if he helps Leeds back into the Premier League, he will always be assured of a place in the club’s hall of fame and in the fans’ hearts.