Marcelo Bielsa comments on Leeds United’s Ben White

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 04, 2019 in Bristol,...

Ben White joined Leeds United on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer transfer window.

Newport County's Ben White vies for possession with Leeds United's Jay-Roy Grot during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on...

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has revealed to Leeds Live that the club’s sporting director Victor Orta wanted to sign Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion last summer.

Championship club Leeds have secured the services of White from Premier League outfit Brighton in the summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old, who can operate as a central defender or as a right-back, has switched to the West Yorkshire outfit on a season-long loan deal from the Seagulls.

 

Leeds head coach Bielsa has revealed that the club’s sporting director Victor Orta wanted to bring the English youngster to Elland Road last summer.

Bielsa told Leeds Live: “In the previous season, Orta insisted on White coming here. We have other players to play in this position back then.

“Now, Victor is pleased the player arrived. This is why for some players I trust other recommendations.”

Newport County's Ben White vies for possession with Luton Town's Harry Cornick during the Sky Bet League Two match betweenNewport County and Luton Town at Rodney Parade on March 16, 2018...

Good signing for Leeds United?

White is a very good and promising young defender who can only get better working under Bielsa at Leeds.

The youngster did not have any experience of playing in the Championship prior to joining the West Yorkshire outfit, but he performed well against Bristol City away from home last weekend.

Leeds won against City, as they aim to finish in the top two of the Championship table this season and clinch automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Ben White of Newport County and Mateusz Klich of Leeds United battle for the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on...

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