Leeds United comfortably beat Salford City 3-0 in the Carabao Cup last night and statistics have surfaced showing just how impressive defender Ben White’s performance was.
White has played every minute of every Leeds game so far this season, in what has been an excellent start to his Elland Road career.
The 21-year-old joined on loan from Brighton in the summer and has been tasked with replacing departed centre-back Pontus Jansson in the starting line up.
He has looked up to the task so far and his statistics from last night’s win in the first round of the Carabao Cup show it was another impressive performance by the young man.
Ben White vs. Salford City:
90% pass accuracy
49 successful passes (second-most)
9 ball recoveries (most for Leeds)????
7 clearances (most for Leeds)????
6 duels won
4 aerial duels won
3 blocked shots (most)????
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According to the Twitter post by LUFCDATA, White made the most ball recoveries (nine) and clearances (seven) for Leeds, and blocked the most shots (three) for either side, in addition to winning six defensive duels and four aerial duels.
The Englishman showed he has more to his game than just defending, however, as he finished with a 90% pass accuracy and the second-most successful passes of any player (49).
He looks set to be a mainstay in the Bielsa’s starting line-up moving forward, beginning with the trip to the DW Stadium to face Wigan on Saturday.
It was a bold move by Leeds to put all their faith in White and not bring in a replacement for Jansson, but so far he has barely put a foot wrong.
The statistics from last night’s game against Salford are a reflection of that.
Defensively he produced a strong performance, but it may be the passing stats that will excite his coach because the high pass accuracy and number of successful passes indicate he fits Bielsa’s quick passing style of play perfectly.
There is a long time to go yet but early indications are that the Whites have made a really smart addition.