Leeds United moved one step closer to the promised land of the Premier League.
The Whites’ latest 3-0 victory against the promotion-chasing Fulham sent a clear message to their direct rivals West Bromwich Albion, who lost 1-0 to Brentford on Friday.
As a result, Marcelo Bielsa’s side climbed back to the top of the Championship. With seven games to play, it is increasingly looking like a two-horse race between themselves and the Baggies.
One player, in particular, has been a big part of their 2019/20 campaign successes and that is Ben White.
The latest high complimentary words came from The Athletic’s Phil Hay, who was overjoyed with what he has seen from the centre back this season.
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He wrote in his article: “This could be a defining season for Leeds and in it, White has been a defining player: a cold and calculated defender whose resistance to Fulham and Mitrovic on Saturday had Premier League pedigree running through it.
“Mitrovic tried to smile and joke with him after landing his elbow, giving White a friendly pat on the stomach. But White’s face was fixed and stony and Mitrovic failed to draw a cursory glance from him.
“Clubs pay for that mentality and they pay well. It is one reason why Brighton & Hove Albion value White in the £20 million bracket.”
It’s hard to argue with what Hay said here, as White has been instrumental with Leeds’ successes on the pitch from a defensive perspective.
This season, the Brighton loanee has managed to average 2.3 interceptions, 2.9 clearances, 18. tackles and a match rating of 7.06 from 3510 minutes of play, as per Whoscored.
If Bielsa’s men are promoted this season. One of the top priorities that the Peacocks’ board room members must pursue is making sure that White’s stay at Elland Road is a permanent one.