This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leeds United’s unbeaten start to the Championship season continues with the Whites sitting on top of the table, level on 13 points with Swansea City but just a nose in front on goal-difference after five rounds of matches.
One player who has slipped seamlessly into manager Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI is 21-year-old defender Ben White, who moved to Elland Road in the summer from Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan.
So how can White’s time at Leeds so far be best summed up?
“White has been absolutely brilliant since he arrived at the club and will be a key player as they look to win promotion this season.
“He obviously had huge boots to fill in replacing Jansson, who was excellent over the years, but he has done it with ease so far. As well as looking strong defensively, he is significantly better in possession than the Swede and that is key to the way Bielsa looks to play.
“Of course, he has to maintain these standards over the season but the early signs are positive and at 21-years-old White could have a great career ahead of him at the highest level.”
“I think Ben White has been outstanding for Leeds so far.
“It’s hard to believe that he’d never played in the Championship before this season. He looks totally comfortable at the back and has turned out to be a very good replacement for Pontuss Jansson.
“He’s very composed on the ball, good in the air, comfortable playing out from the back and has formed a very good partnership with Liam Cooper at centre-back.
“White is clearly a very talented footballer and he could have a big future ahead of him. The only shame for Leeds is that it’s only a loan and that he’ll be returning to Brighton come the end of the season.”
“Pontus Jansson who? Ben White has been absolutely terrific since signing for Leeds – he has been a revelation.”
“When he first signed for Leeds from Brighton, I didn’t expect him to be as much of an important player as he is now – I even thought he could be back-up for Berardi.
“But since Jansson left, White has more than stepped up to the plate – he’s a fantastic defender, firstly, and they don’t look like conceding when him and Cooper are in the team.
“He’s so good and so calm at playing the ball out from the back, and it’s so clear to see why Bielsa wanted to bring him to the club in the first place.”