Ben White shares why he chose Leeds move after receiving other offers

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal battles for possession with Ben White of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on...

Ben White became one of Leeds United's first signings of the summer when he arrived on loan at the start of the month.

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal battles for possession with Ben White of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on...

Ben White has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he had the chance to go elsewhere before deciding to join Leeds United on a season-long loan deal this summer.

White was one of Marcelo Bielsa's first additions of the window as he arrived at the start of the month from Brighton. He had previously enjoyed impressive loan spells at both Newport County and Peterborough United leading up to this campaign.

 

He is highly rated at his parent club, so it appeared to be a coup for United to bring him in this summer. And the centre-back - who featured for the Peacocks in their 5-1 win away at Tadcaster on Wednesday - shared why he decided to make the move to Elland Road when there were other offers on the table.

“I had a couple of clubs that wanted to take me but Leeds seemed the most interested," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Ben White of Newport County during the Fly Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newport County at Wembley Stadium on February 7, 2018 in London, England.

"We had a meeting in the summer and we discussed what I was looking to do this season and it fitted with my aims. That’s why I came here.”

Unless further signings are brought in, Leeds are going to need White to make a big impact during his year in the Championship, with Pontus Jansson recently leaving for divisional rivals Brentford.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa takes his seat before the match during the Pre-season Friendly match between York City and Leeds United on July 10, 2019 in York, England.

The youngster has looked a class act during his first couple of appearances in pre-season, but there will be some supporters reserving judgement until he has been involved in a game against much stronger opposition.

Jansson's exit suggests that Bielsa has a lot of faith in his summer signing. The Elland Road faithful will certainly be delighted if he proves to be up to the challenge of filling the void left by the Swede.

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