A few Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media to a comparison offered by LUFC Data, showing where Ben White ranked for his performance against West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Day.
The Poole-born defender opened his 26th straight Championship game for the club against the Baggies on Wednesday evening, where he was joined in defence by Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper and Ezgjan Alioski.
While neither could prevent Semi Ajayi from opening the scoring in the second minute for the hosts, stats shared by LUFC Data show that White performed among the best players throughout the match in other areas.
No player for either side completed more passes than the Brighton & Hove Albion loanee, with White finding a teammate with 55 of his 61 passes, which was also the only completion rate higher than 90 per cent.
White made more ball recoveries than any other defender who featured at the Hawthorns, too, having snatched possession back nine times.
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White’s display against our promotion rivals also featured the second-most touches (72), one key ball, a team-high five clearances and two interceptions, per WhoScored data.
The 22-year-old found a teammate with five of his seven long passes, as well, while blocking one shot and never being dribbled past, according to Sofa Score statistics, though White did not register an attempted tackle or aerial duel and lost two of his three ground duels.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to LUFC Data’s comparison of where White ranked among all players that featured for Leeds and West Brom on New Year’s Day…
White has looked less assured recently .. before that player of the season so far for me
— g (@tomgillespieca) January 2, 2020
He’s some baller
— Tony Fitzgerald (@ScottTonyfitz11) January 1, 2020
He’s doing well think he’s been put under pressure more last few weeks tbh and is doing well
— Kenny Brown (@kennybrown1964) January 1, 2020
Another wonderful display to quieten any rumours he’s faltering or unsettled. Praying Brighton don’t shaft us!
— BecchioWellPlaced (@RyanLUFC91) January 1, 2020
— Sorely (@Samtonked76) January 1, 2020
— Joey Morton (@joeymorton17) January 1, 2020
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