It’s safe to say that Ben White has made a good impression at Elland Road in his loan spell with promotion-chasing Leeds United.
The Brighton and Hove Albion loanee has made 40 appearances in total for the Yorkshire-based side, who are currently sat top of the Championship table.
His impressive showings haven’t gone unnoticed, and there has been talk of Leeds making an effort to sign him permanently at the end of this year’s campaign.
Brighton have made it no secret that White won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, as they look to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.
Speaking in an interview with MOT Leeds News, former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson is expecting Bielsa’s side to go back in with a bid for White, and revealed that he expects White to depart Brighton before next season gets underway.
“I think Brighton would love to hold onto Ben White for years to come but I can see their resilience being severely tested in the summer.
“Leeds United, without a doubt, go straight back in with a bid. He’s got a great relationship with the fans and with the manager – how great that is will get tested in the summer when the likes of Liverpool come in.
“Brighton, listen you can say you want to hold onto a player all you like, but when the biggest clubs in Europe come knocking and the chequebook is large then your players go. I honestly can’t see Ben White in a Brighton shirt next season.”
Robinson insisted that Leeds need to make White their top priority in the summer transfer window, and should only look to alternatives once a move is officially ruled out for the youngster.
“There are far too many suitors after him and the Premier League top four are looking at him and may want to take advantage of a weakened transfer market to try and land him. He’s a very good player and I can’t see him playing for Brighton next season, wherever they’re playing.
“I think Ben White has to the number one option for Leeds and they should do anything they can to secure his services for next season. Only when they’ve exhausted those efforts should they look to bring someone else in.”
Due to recent off-the-field events, White and his Leeds team-mates will have to remain patient in their quest to reach the Premier League, with no scheduled return date in place for a return to action as of yet.
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It’s certainly going to be an interesting few months heading into the summer transfer window.
White has been brilliant for Leeds this season, and he clearly is a player that has a bright future ahead of him. Brighton have already made it clear that they’re keen to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.
But Robinson is spot-on when it comes to saying that they’ll surely be fighting a losing battle if ‘bigger clubs’ are to come calling for his services.
Leeds will surely be one of the teams that submit offers for White in the summer after such an impressive loan spell with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.