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…
Wolverhampton Wanderers are keeping an eye on the development of Leeds United loanee defender Ben White, according to Phil Hay’s podcast for the Athletic, after the 22-year-old’s fine start to the season at Elland Road.
The Molineux club will face tough competition to sign their man on loan though, with a host of top flight clubs monitoring the situation after such an impressive showing so far this campaign.
So would White be a good fit at Molineux? Is he good enough for the Premier League?
“White is certainly good enough to make the step up to the Premier League based on his performances for Leeds so far this season, with his reading of the game and technical ability on show for the Whites in the Championship every week
“Leeds will be hoping that they can earn promotion to the Premier League and then possibly tempt White to sign for them on a permanent basis, but given he has played so well this term they will face a lot of competition to secure his signature.
“Wolves play with three centre-backs and having extra depth in that position would also be a wise move for them, and you could certainly see White stepping into one of those positions for them, with his distribution from the back enabling them to build their way through the thirds.
“It will be interesting to see what happens to White following the end of the season, with Brighton now fully aware of his talents but also well stocked for centre-backs, and if they do decide to cash in then Wolves could very well be an ideal destination for the defender.”
“I think this would be a very smart move from Wolves.
“White has been outstanding since his move to Leeds in the summer, taking to the Championship comfortably, and with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United also linked, it doesn’t seem like there are too many concerns about his capability of stepping up to the Premier League.
“With Wolves having now secured progression to the knockout stages of the Europa League, it does seem as though they could do with getting some more bodies through the door in January in order to help them compete on those multiple fronts in the second half of the campaign, and White would surely be a useful addition in that sense.
“Indeed, if Wolves were to win the race for White’s signature ahead of some of those other sides that have been linked, it would be yet another indicator of just how far the club has come over the past few seasons.”
So would Ben White be a good fit at Molineux?
“I think this would be a good addition for Wolves, as Ben White is well adept at playing in both a back four and a back three, which is the main reason why I can see Nuno Santo being interested in the defender.
“He has been a class above this season for Leeds and as a result of that he is obviously going to attract attention from clubs that are higher up the pyramid, which I think is due in parts to the fact that he is English.
“With clubs keen to adhere to more strict home grown player rules that have been enforced by governing bodies in recent years, we are likely to see a number of Premier League clubs pursuing young English talent.
“It remains to be seen whether Wolves will make their interest more concrete, however either way, I expect White to be a wanted man both in January and in the summer transfer window at the end of the campaign.”