Leeds have just received a massive boost

Tom Barkhuizen of Preston North End and Ben White of Leeds United battle during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale, Preston on Tuesday...

Ben White will be staying at Leeds United beyond the January transfer window.

Ben White of Leeds United

It's not so much about who Leeds United could sign in January that could shape their season. A much more important question is who can they keep at Elland Road.

One-third of the way through the campaign and Marcelo Bielsa's side are looking good in their bid to return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

Leeds, who visit Luton Town this afternoon, are third in the Championship and only two points behind West Bromwich Albion at the summit.

The Whites also have the best defence in the division, conceding only nine times in 16 outings, and a huge reason for that is a certain Ben White.

 

The 22-year-old defender has been a revelation since joining the Yorkshire giants on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion this past summer.

He has been so impressive, in fact, that Leeds fans are terrified that Brighton could recall him in January.

That could be detrimental for their chances of promotion; not only because White is a brilliant centre-back, but because Liam Cooper's injury record doesn't inspire confidence and they're virtually the only two natural central defenders in Bielsa's squad.

Keeping White is absolutely massive but, fortunately for Leeds, that looks like it'll be the case.

Seagulls boss Graham Potter revealed on Friday that he had no intention of recalling the young Englishman, insisting that he'd be staying at Elland Road until the end of this season [The Mirror].

Given White's importance, Leeds can't possibly get any better news as far as January goes.

Blackburn Rovers' Bradley Dack holds off the challenge from Leeds United's Liam Cooper and Ben White during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers at...

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