Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe would be “amazed” if Leeds United managed to keep hold of Ben White once his loan deal expires.
White, 22, was sent on a season-long loan to Elland Road by Brighton in the summer after he spent a couple of seasons away from the south coast to develop at Newport County and Peterborough.
White hadn’t played in the Championship before the start of this season but he has so far played every minute of every match to prove to be the best defender in the entire division.
The centre-back’s displays have led to increased speculation about his future at Brighton.
However, Hinchcliff cannot see Brighton cashing in on White, even if a huge offer of up to £50million was tabled for him.
“I see him as that kind of Lewis Dunk centre-half who fits in at Brighton,” Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports.
“He needs Premier League experience now. I would be amazed if he stays at Leeds.
“This type of talent is very, very rare; he ticks all the boxes so why would you let him go anywhere else, even for a really silly £40-50 million? Man City are probably looking at him as well. Unless the money is astronomical, I feel he has to go into Brighton’s first team and play in the Premier League now.
“That’s the next step he needs to make. And If Ben White isn’t in an England squad in the next three years, I’d be incredibly surprised.”
As much as we’d love him to stay, we had to admit that it will be tough for Leeds to keep hold of White past the end of his loan spell in Yorkshire.
White is Premier League quality and isn’t far off being England quality so he could do a job for a team at the top-end of the top-flight if one of them come in for him.
We cannot guarantee how Leeds will do in the Premier League if they go up this season while Brighton might yet suffer relegation to the Championship.
Brighton might not be able to demand £50million for White if that happens and that seems to be the best hope Leeds will have of landing the defender.
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