Jermaine Beckford gives his verdict on Leeds United's Ben White

Jermaine Beckford of Leeds United gestures during the Coca Cola League One match between Leeds United and Bristol Rovers at Elland Road on May 8, 2010 in Leeds, England.

Ben White has shone since joining Championship title chasers Leeds United on loan from Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion.

Ben White of Leeds United runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Leeds United at Bet365 Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Jermaine Beckford has hailed the impact made by Ben White at Leeds United this season, telling Football League World that a player with the Brighton loanee’s self-assured style should fill his team-mates with supreme confidence.

Leeds fans might have been wringing their hands in concern when cult hero Pontus Jansson was forced out of Elland Road earlier in the summer but, while The Whites look a little vulnerable at set pieces without the man-mountain Viking of a centre-back, White has stepped into the void with ease.

The 21-year-old has been arguably Marcelo Bielsa’s most consistent performer in the opening weeks of the 2019/20 campaign, starting all six Championship games and standing out with his ability to play the ball out of the back like the second-tier’s answer to Aymeric Laporte.

 

No wonder Bielsa, a coach obsessed with possession, likes him. So does Beckford.

“He’s very composed and you know exactly what you’re going to get from him,” the former Leeds striker said.

“He fills you with confidence. If he’s in a one-on-one situation, you aren’t panicking or thinking ‘he’s definitely getting past him’. There are not many players that are getting past him, and if they do, it isn’t going to be an easy ride.

Jermaine Beckford of Leeds United gestures during the Coca Cola League One match between Leeds United and Bristol Rovers at Elland Road on May 8, 2010 in Leeds, England.

“I like him.”

Leeds have conceded just three goals in the Championship so far this season and only one of those, a deflected Andi Weimann drive during the 3-1 opening day victory against Bristol City, came from open play.

If White learns to dominate in the air like Jansson used to do, the pre-season title favourites could look almost impenetrable.

Wigan Athletic's Kieffer Moore shields the ball from Leeds United's Ben White during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Leeds United at DW Stadium on August 17, 2019...

 

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