'Would be a disaster' – Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts to Sky transfer update on Leeds player
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Paul Robinson has said it would be a “disaster” for Leeds if they were to lose centre-back Ben White, following even more interest from Chelsea.
His displays at the back for Leeds this season have got him on the radar of some of the country’s biggest clubs, and Sky Sports reported this week that Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been keeping a very close eye on him in recent matches.
That follows reports that Chelsea are set to make a £25m bid for him this January.
White is currently on loan with Leeds until the end of the season.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It would be a disaster if Leeds were to lose Ben White.
“He’s been absolutely outstanding for Leeds this season and he looks the real deal.
“I’m not surprised Chelsea are looking at him. I said the biggest problem for Leeds would be keeping hold of him.
“However, I suspect if you asked Ben White then he’d want to stay with us and if Leeds go up they may well be able to sign him on a permanent deal.”
Loan moves always throw up these sorts of conundrums.
Obviously you want your players to play well, and White has been a huge part of why Leeds are currently top of the Championship.
However, without an option to buy, Leeds are vulnerable to the situation where they could put White on the map and lose him to an offer Brighton can’t refuse from a big club.
The one bright side is that Brighton can’t recall White from his loan early because of how much he’s played, and Sky Sports have said there’s no break clause.
That means that if a club did buy him in January, the likelihood is that they would loan him back to Leeds for the rest of the season.
However, Leeds fans, along with Robinson, would love to see White sign for Leeds if they get promoted this season.
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