The big centre-back has been a revelation among Leeds United fans.

Leeds’ managing director Angus Kinnear has revealed that he didn’t expect Ben White to be as tough as he is.

White was one of several players to join United on a season-long loan this past summer, with the 21-year-old defender coming from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Before arriving at Elland Road, the 21-year-old hadn’t kicked a ball in the Championship but, after 11 games, he looks like one of the signings of last summer.

Not only is White a brilliant ball-playing centre-back, comfortable in possession, but he is also a physical specimen and the Leeds chief admits that surprised him.

He told Leeds Live: “He was very confident that he had the ability to play in Marcelo’s system – very, very composed on the ball, plays the ball out brilliantly, but I think I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how tough he is as well. He’s as robust a centre half as I think you’ll find so I think he’s a good signing.”

White has indeed been a phenomenal signing, so good, in fact, that you have to believe that it’s unlikely Leeds will be able to keep him.

At his age, White is only going to get so much better and it seems likely that he’s destined for Premier League football, whether Marcelo Bielsa’s side are there or not.


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