On-loan defender Ben White has drawn praise from all quarters since his summer arrival at Elland Road from Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 22-year-old central defender has been in superb form and developed a very resolute partnership with captain Liam Cooper prior to the Scotsman picking up an injury recently.
Looking every bit the modern centre-back, White has coped with the physical demands comfortably, while showing unerring ability on the ball, often striding out of defence to initiate attacking movements.
After having successful loan spells previously at both Newport County and Peterborough, White was brought in to replace former fans favourite Pontus Jansson following the Swede’s move to Championship rivals Brentford.
It’s fair to say White has stood up to the task, with some feeling he is an upgrade and improvement on Jansson. As people have begun to question the possibility of White staying at Leeds for longer, fans on Twitter gave their opinion to this, while also offering their views on the impact the defender had made. Here’s what’s being said:
He won’t be here next season not a chance
— Martin Cooney (@Cooney9Martin) October 11, 2019
White is a better footballer but we miss Pontus at set plays.
— Marc Dodsworth (@dodders2306) October 11, 2019
Will cost a fortune!
— Nathan H ???????? (@nathlufc23) October 11, 2019
If we go up then we will break our transfer record for him. I've no doubts
— Col (@col1984) October 11, 2019
Some fans believe the defender is destined for bigger things, while others believe if United achieve promotion they should ‘splash the cash’ on the Brighton man.
For years to come read months. There is no way he will be playing for Leeds next season. We will again miss out due to lack of investment and his new friend Kalvin will be gone too.
— Pat McGatt (@Prolethreat) October 11, 2019
Promotion a must or there’s no chance we’re keeping him, even then there’s the not insignificant problem of funding the £25m+ he’ll cost.
— Mark Devaney ???????? (@markwd1) October 11, 2019
he’s out getting valuable experience, hence no option to buy. Exactly what Brighton’s structure & long-term planning is all about. Will fit in seamlessly to Brighton’s new playing style, probably at the expense of Duffy.
— southgated (@DavidSouthgate) October 11, 2019
However, plenty of Leeds fans doubt whether the club would have the resources to sign White permanently, while also pointing out his parent club Brighton are unlikely to want to sell such a prized asset.