Jermaine Beckford has enthused over Leeds United loanee, Ben White, with the former Elland Road favourite delighted with what he’s seen from the centre-back.
Leeds made the bold move to sell Pontus Jansson over the course of the summer, with White seen as the Swedish international’s replacement.
Selling Jansson in itself raised eyebrows around the Championship, and Marcelo Bielsa replacing him with White – who had never played league football above the third tier – was equally puzzling.
However, after six Championship appearances, White has won all his doubters over, with the 21-year-old helping Leeds to three clean sheets.
And, with White’s reputation continuing to grow, Beckford has weighed in with his own praise.
“He looks clever, I like him,” Beckford told Football League World in an exclusive interview with Chief Editor, Sam Rourke.
“He’s very composed and you know exactly what you’re going to get from him.
“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.
“I like him.”
White made a name for himself during a season-long loan with Newport County in 2017/18, before Brighton sent him to Peterborough United in League One last year.
Now, he’s made the natural step into the Championship, where he’s competing in a Leeds squad chasing promotion under Bielsa.
Leeds, and White, are back in action on Sunday against Barnsley.