Michael Flynn raves about 'unbelievable' Leeds addition Ben White

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Ben White looks the part for Leeds United since joining the Championship side on loan.

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.

Leeds United raised an eyebrow when it became clear that they wouldn't be replacing Pontus Jansson.

The Swedish centre-back was a massive asset for the Whites and his departure to Brentford prompted an assumption that he'd be replaced.

However, Ben White is the only central defender who Leeds signed during the summer - and that came before Jansson left - but going by his early Championship performances, he is up to the task.

White has been superb in United's first two Championship games so far, which were also his first two appearances in England's second tier.

 

The 21-year-old signed for Leeds on a season-long loan from Brighton in July, and Michael Flynn, who had him on loan at Newport County, says that the young defender has 'stacks of ability' and wasn't in the least bit surprised to see him dazzle on his Championship debut against Bristol.

"He has got stacks of ability, very level headed, no ego, he was a joy to work with day in and day out," he told The Yorkshire Evening Post.

"He was marvellous for us, he had an opportunity to leave us in the January but he didn't want to, he wanted to continue his learning.

"I definitely wasn't surprised with how well he did against Bristol City and how he handled the occasion of his Leeds debut. I texted him after the game. He was unbelievable. Such a mature Championship debut. He took everything in his stride. As long as he continues to do that, he'll go to the top I think."

It's been a good start for White, but even the best Championship defenders can have disastrous afternoons and when it happens for the Leeds youngster, you'd hope that he can bounce back from it.

Realistically, he will have a mare somewhere down the line, and how he responds to it will speak volumes for how good he is - and how far he can still go in football.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch