Former Leeds United player Ben White has reflected on his time at Elland Road and described what it is like to play under Marcelo Bielsa.

He was full of praise for the manager and how he brought him on as a player but he said he found the infamous ‘Murderball’ training sessions ‘terrible’ when he first arrived.

Talking about ‘Murderball’ in an interview with The Athletic, White said, “It’s five six-minute spells and every six minutes, the mixed-up team will be changed. These new players are rested, then come in and run us ragged.

“The ball doesn’t go out of play, another one just gets chucked in, so you are constantly sprinting for six minutes. At the end, the game is so open, it’s just like basketball.

“The first one was terrible, I was absolutely blowing. I couldn’t believe it — and my first one was an easy one as well. I thought, ‘What have I got myself into?’. But I got used to it.”

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White’s interview shows he has a willingness to learn, with the 23-year-old also suggesting Bielsa taught him so much via his in-depth post-match briefs.

From his comments, it is easy to see why White, like so many others, progressed throughout the season under Bielsa in 2019/20.

White, fairly unknown before he joined, ended up playing every game in the Championship-winning season and becoming a big fan favourite.

Leeds were desperate to sign him permanently in the summer but Brighton remained steadfast and he’s been a regular for them in the Premier League.

He was excellent in midfield in the 1-0 Brighton win over us last week.

With no White, we signed Robin Koch and Diego Llorente – two internationals.

That seemed like a good alternative at the time but both have suffered from injuries and both are currently out.

Having a centre-back who doesn’t get injured, like White, is so important.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Hope Orta & Radz have already made contact’ – These Leeds fans want ‘class act’ as next manager.


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