Keith Andrews impressed with Leeds United loanee Ben White's efforts at Elland Road

Ben White of Leeds United arriving at the Peninsula Stadium for the Carabao Cup match between Salford City and Leeds United at Moor Lane, Salford on Tuesday 13th August 2019.

The Whites brought the young defender to Elland Road for the season from Brighton in July.

Ben White of Leeds United battles for the ball with Borja Gonzalez of Swansea City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on August 31,...

Sky Sports pundit and one-time Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Keith Andrews has spoken highly of Leeds United loanee Ben White, claiming his "fantastic" start for the Whites this season is all the more impressive when considering he had the responsibility of replacing Leeds "cult figure" Pontus Jansson.

The 21-year-old linked up with the Elland Road club in July after putting pen to paper on a new deal at Brighton (B&H Independent) and he has become integral to Marcelo Bielsa's plans, playing the full 90 minutes in each of the eight Championship games so far, plus playing in both Carabao Cup games (Transfermarkt).

 

White has worked his way up the EFL pyramid in loan form,making 51 appearances for League Two side Newport County in 2017-18 and having a stint at League One Peterborough United in the second half of 2018-19 (Leeds website).

In conversation with the Seagulls website, Andrews highlighted the fact that White’s arrival has coincided with last year’s captain Jansson departing Leeds, and the Irishman believes the young defender has more than stepped up to the plate.

Keith Andrews  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road on April 27, 2019 in Norwich, England.

“I’ve seen a lot of him with my work on the EFL. When you look at Leeds and think that they let somewhat of a cult figure go in Pontus Jansson and replaced him with Ben, then it makes his start to the new season even more impressive,” Andrews told the Brighton website. “He’d done well out in League One and League Two, at Newport he looked like a player of promise and people I spoke to confirmed that.

“You never know how someone will settle into that environment at somewhere like Leeds United with the intensity and the size of the club – they want to achieve promotion and Ben has improved them in that area. He’s great defensively, but his overall presence and calmness in possession really shows me that he’s been fantastic over the first few weeks of the season.”

Up next for Leeds is Sunday's Championship trip to Barnsley.

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